Are you unknowingly contaminating your recycling?
It’s your birthday! You pull a shirt out of the gift bag your aunt and uncle gave you. Trying your best to pretend you love it, you toss the bag aside. Your aunt stops you and says there’s something else in the bag. You look back inside. Hidden at the bottom is a $100 gift card—a gift card you came close to losing out on…
This is what can happen to materials in your blue bin when you put them inside other recyclables (also known as nesting). The difference is your aunt was there to let you know about the gift card. There’s no one to tell the machines and workers who sort your recycling there’s a soda can hidden at the bottom of a cereal box. Read More…
Have you ever seen a work of art that inspired you? Great art is more than something impressive to look at. It gets people thinking, learning, and motivated to take action on important issues.
That’s why we teamed up with Take Pride Winnipeg once again for an eco-friendly fashion fest at Manitoba Eco-Awareness Day. The event at CF Polo Park welcomed students to design and showcase handmade garments either made of blue bin materials or items that normally go to landfills.
Your blue bin is for printed paper and packaging. But what about bikes? Washing machines? Mattresses? Manitobans—admirably not wanting to waste—regularly ask us where they can recycle products like these that are damaged or no longer needed.
It’s always best to reuse something before recycling it, so our go-to answers are to donate to second-hand stores, charities, or post it online for free. But there are some products that won’t get any takers, either because they’re too damaged (like a tv with a cracked screen) or too big (like appliances).
But there’s still hope for lots of those damaged and seemingly unwanted goods. We’ve put together this list of places you can take your old appliances, mattresses, electronics, and even bicycles, to be either refurbished and reused, or recycled.
Is there a point to our weekly walks with our blue bins to the curbside? To remembering what we can and can’t recycle? Is it even making a difference?
Yes, yes, and a big green YES.
For Earth Day, let’s explore the various ways recycling protects our planet.
Working for a recycling organization, it’s an unwritten rule that our staff have to be passionate about recycling and the environment. In the spirit of Earth Month, we asked our staff to share tips on reducing waste in their everyday lives.