BackgroundWinnipeg, MB (pop. 663,617), is one of the largest cities in all of Canada and by far the largest in centrally located Manitoba. Winnipeg is one of the few cities located in this otherwise rural and wild province, and it continues to grow at a nice pace, with its metro area recently topping 730,000 residents. The city is no stranger to recycling. Single-family residences receive a 65-gallon blue roll carts for commingled curbside recycling, while multifamily dwellings across the city utilize a specified number of either 64- or 96-gallon roll carts depending on building size. Those residents who recycle a lot of materials can opt for a larger cart or a second cart for a one-time fee.
Materials recycledPaper Accepted items include newspapers and inserts, flyers, junk mail, magazines, catalogs, loose paper, construction/art paper, phonebooks, cardboard, paperboard, shredded paper (in a secured clear 20-gallon plastic bag), paper egg cartons and paper tubes.
Plastics Accepted items include all plastic food and beverage containers, plastic containers (bottles, pails, jugs, tubs, etc.) stamped with a recycling symbol, plastic packaging stamped with a recycling symbol and all plastic lids/caps (leave on bottles and containers). No plastic bags or Styrofoam. Metals Aluminum cans and tin/steel cans are accepted. Glass Glass bottles and jars are accepted.
FrequencyWinnipeg residents take recyclables to the curb on a weekly basis, same day as refuse collection. A collection day search tool is available online. Carts must be curbside by 7 a.m. on collection day and must be at least 3 feet from other collection carts and/or obstructions (vehicles, utility poles, etc.).
Other programsWinnipeg residents can download the My Waste mobile app for iPhone and Android devices, which is full of convenient recycling and garbage collection information. Several drop-off recycling depots, open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, are located around Winnipeg:
- Pan Am Pool (Poseidon Bay at Taylor Avenue)
- Garden City Shopping Centre (on Kingsbury Avenue)
- St. James Civic Centre, 2055 Ness Ave.
- Magnus Eliason Recreation Centre, 430 Langside St.
- Transcona (Ravelston Avenue and Chrislind Street)
- Southdale Shopping Centre (Fermor Avenue and Lakewood Boulevard)
- 1539 Waverley St.