134 schools province wide accepted the challenge to divert plastic bags from landfills. Here’s what some teachers had to say about the program:
“What a great project and our school really enjoyed it. It made us think about the use of plastic bags and our awareness is heightened for sure! Thanks for organizing this event.”
– Judi Wolfe, Pacific Junction School
“We are last year’s runner up winners and I am happy to say that our win must have motivated families to change their ways. We have only collected 2024 bags this year, a mere 20% from last year’s total. The most common comment I heard was, “We don’t use plastic bags anymore.””
– Annette Danis, Ecole Riverview School
The City of Portage la Prairie in conjunction with Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association (CBCRA) and Multi-Material Stewardship Manitoba (MMSM)are pleased to announce that Portage la Prairie has been selected to become a showcase community for recycling. The enhanced Blue Box container recovery project will focus on away-from-home beverage container recycling.
Waste Reduction Week is an annual event each October that encourages schools, businesses, organizations and individuals to take steps to improve the environment. There’s a lot you can do: Recycle your cell phone; ditch the disposable coffee cups; turn off the lights when you leave a room. Learn more and get ideas on how you can participate at http://www.wrwcanada.com/.
In partnership with Take Pride Winnipeg, MMSM is challenging students to collect as many plastic shopping bags as possible and bring them to school for recycling.
In previous years, students in approximately 90 urban and rural schools collected more than 450,000 bags over a two-week period! This year, more than 100 schools are expected to participate.
The goal of the Plastic Bag Roundup Challenge is to inspire students to reduce their impact on the environment. Information will be sent to schools in late September. For further information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (204) 956-7590 ext. 203.
Ad Campaign Encourages Citizens to
“Clean Up Their Act”
A new ad campaign launching in communities across the province next week will encourage Manitobans to boost their recycling rates. The “Clean Up Your Act” campaign acknowledges that many Manitobans already recycle, but challenges them to go even further and recycle everything they can.
“Surveys show more than 85 percent of Manitoba households recycle at least some household waste, but about 40 percent of our waste packaging and printed paper is still going to landfill,” says Karen Melnychuk, Senior Program Manager of Multi-Material Stewardship Manitoba, the industry-funded organization behind the ad campaign. “We’re recovering more, but still have plenty of room to improve.”
Billboards, bus shelters and print ads will be complemented by a new web site—SimplyRecycle.ca—that allows site visitors to select their community and see at a glance which household materials are accepted for recycling. It will also be the go-to site for students, teachers and other Manitobans to learn about special recycling events and activities.
In 2008, the Manitoba government passed a regulation that mandates industry to manage end-of-life packaging and printed paper. Under the new program, industry stewards are taking responsibility for and paying 80 percent of the cost of recovering printed paper and packaging from Manitoba residences.
MMSM assumed its new responsibilities this spring and will officially open its office this afternoon at 3:00 p.m. Located at 200-283 Bannatyne Avenue in the Exchange District, the office will eventually house about eight staff. Today’s grand opening will be attended by industry, municipal and government representatives, including Conservation Minister Bill Blaikie.
For further information:
Senior Program Manager
Multi-Material Stewardship Manitoba