Multi-Material Stewardship Manitoba (MMSM) in partnership with the Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association (CBCRA) and its Recycle Everywhere program are proud to congratulate The Pas as the winner of the 2016 Northern and First Nations Community Clean-up.

The Northern Community Clean-up is now in its sixth year. This initiative was developed to increase recycling awareness and combat litter after a long winter in Northern Manitoba. First Nations communities from all over Manitoba were invited to participate this year, which is a new element of the program. Each community was provided with supplies including a Recycle Everywhere bin, participant t-shirts, gloves, bags to collect waste and recycling and a scale to weigh the material. Local volunteers were recruited and helped pick up garbage and recycling on the streets of their neighbourhood.

As the winner, The Pas will be receiving a blue box for every single-family dwelling in the community totaling 1,650 recycling bins. A celebratory barbeque was held on September 23, with over 250 community members, Community Council, clean-up volunteers and students in attendance. They were joined by representatives from MMSM and CBCRA to celebrate the accomplishment.

“Recycle Everywhere is proud to support beverage container recycling initiatives in Northern and First Nations communities,” said Christa Rust, Program Manager of CBCRA and its Recycle Everywhere program. “We congratulate The Pas, as well as all other communities who participated in the clean-up, for working together to reduce litter and increase recycling in their communities”.

This year there were 20 registered communities and over 1,839 kg of recyclable material was collected. The material was weighed and transported to the closest Material Recovery Facility (MRF) to be processed.

“MMSM is proud to offer this program which provides a hands-on approach to the benefits of recycling,” added Karen Melnychuk Executive Director, MMSM. “Thank you to all the volunteers who have participated in their local clean-ups, showing that pride in your community starts at the grass roots. Congratulations to The Pas for taking proactive steps to increase recycling in their community.”

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MMSM staff Martin Racicot with Melissa Dorota of CBCRA, presenting The Pas with a plaque recognizing their efforts.

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