Plastic Bottles

  • Milk, water and juice bottles are melted down and formed into pellets to be used again to make drainage pipe, oil bottles, benches, pens, picnic tables, and fencing.
  • It takes almost nine 2-litre PET bottles to make one adult extra-large T-shirt.
  • It takes approximately 12 2-litre PET bottles to make enough fiberfill for one adult ski jacket.
  • It takes approximately 36 2-litre PET bottles to make one square yard of carpeting.

Source: The Canadian Plastics Industry Association

Aluminum Cans

  • Aluminum cans are the most recycled and most recyclable beverage container in the world.  Aluminum can be recycled over and over again.
  • Recycled aluminum cans are used for the production of new cans or products such as engine blocks, building facades or bicycles.
  • Recycling aluminum cans saves 95 percent of the energy used to manufacture new ones from virgin ore.

Sources: Aluminum Association of Canada & Alcoa; International Aluminum Institute

Glass Bottles

  • Recycled glass is manufactured into highway marking beads, fibreglass, and new containers. In Manitoba, most recycled glass is crushed and reused as aggregate for roadbase or water and sewer installations. Almost 100% is crushed locally.
  • Glass bottles and jars are 100% recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without any loss in purity or quality.

  • Recycling just one glass bottle saves enough energy to light a 100-watt light bulb for four hours, power a computer for 30 minutes, or a television for 20 minutes.

Sources: Glass Packaging Institute (US); Recycling Council of Alberta

Drink Cartons

  • Recycled cartons are the raw material for a variety of paper products, such as tissue and cereal boxes, paper towels and writing papers.


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