It’s always good to get a refresher on what can go in the blue bin and what to do with items that don’t belong. Here’s a breakdown of the basic material types accepted in your blue bin, items accepted at depots, and items that are commonly thought to be accepted, but are not.

Accepted for recycling in your blue bin

  • Aluminum and steel cans and lids
    • e.g., Soft drink cans, metal cookie tins, food/soup cans
  • Boxboard
    • e.g., Cereal boxes, tissue paper boxes, empty paper towel rolls
  • Cardboard
    • e.g., All sizes of cardboard boxes, non-greasy pizza boxes, shoe boxes
  • Cartons
    • e.g., Juice boxes, milk cartons, soup cartons, ice cream containers
  • Glass
    • e.g., Glass jars, clear and coloured wine bottles, glass drink bottles
  • Paper
    • e.g., Magazines, office paper, paper bags, flyers
  • Household plastic packaging (most plastic packaging; see sections below for exceptions)
    • e.g, Plastic water bottles, laundry jugs, margarine containers, vitamin bottles, yogurt cups

Accepted through depots and drop-off locations

There are many more items that can be recycled, but not in your curbside blue bin. Always check with your community or the Recyclepedia before bringing your items to a depot or drop-off location.

  • Batteries
  • Bicycles
  • Ceramics
  • Electronics
  • Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)
  • Large appliances
  • Large plastics
  • Oil, antifreeze, and empty containers
  • Plastic bags
  • Scrap metal
  • Textiles
  • Tires
  • Yard waste

Unaccepted items

  • Aluminum foil, pie plates, and trays
  • Black plastics
  • Food waste
  • Paper towels and napkins
  • Plastic cutlery and plates
  • Plastic film (i.e., Chip bags, plastic wrap)
  • Pots and pans
  • Straws
  • Styrofoam
  • Paper or foam beverage containers


If you’re ever unsure about what is accepted, check the Recyclepedia! It’s the main source for recycling information in Manitoba.



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