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How to recycle other materials

The items listed below can be recycled instead of being disposed of at a landfill.

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Auto parts

Scrap metal will not be picked up with your regular garbage collection. Fenders, doors, radiators, mufflers, engine blocks, etc. can be taken to a scrap metal dealer for recycling. Look in the Yellow Pages under "Recycling" or "Scrap Metals". Scrap metal can also be taken to the  the designated recycling area at Brady Road Resource Management Facility (Brady Road Landfill). There is a small fee per vehicle. Information on Brady Road Resource Management Facility (Brady Road Landfill) is also available by calling the recycling and garbage information line at 204-986-8888, Code 9814 or contacting us.

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Auto tires

Tires are not picked up with your regular garbage collection. Most stores that sell tires will accept your old tires and ensure they are properly recycled. Tires may also be dropped off at the Brady Road Resource Management Facility (Brady Road Landfill) in the designated recycling area. There is a small fee per vehicle. Information on Brady Road Resource Management Facility (Brady Road Landfill) is also available by calling the recycling and garbage information line at 204-986-8888, Code 9814 or contacting us.

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Cell phones
  • Recycle My Cell offers recycling of cell phones, chargers, wireless cards and batteries of any condition or brand at free drop-off spots . Find your nearest location by entering your postal code or print off a free pre-paid label to mail in your items. The program is offered by the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) and the Province of Manitoba. Recovered items are either taken apart for scrap at facilities in Alberta and Ontario or refurbished. Program proceeds go to groups such as Resource Conservation Manitoba, Tree Canada and the World Wildlife Fund.
  • Call2Recycle offers free recycling of cell phones and portable rechargeable batteries. Locate your nearest drop-off site by entering your postal code.
  • All Winnipeg Public Library branches now have Call2Recycle boxes where you can dispose of batteries and cell phones. Simply put your used batteries and cell phones in the bags provided and we’ll do the rest.

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Compressed gas cylinders / propane tanks

Compressed gas cylinders and propane tanks have the potential to explode and will not be picked up with regular garbage collection.

To recycle your tank:

  • Contact the seller. Most retail outlets that refill propane cylinders will accept outdated tanks and have them re-certified.
  • Look in the yellow pages under propane or visit tanktraders.com for locations where you can exchange your tank for a new one.

To dispose of your tank:

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Computer equipment and electronics

Many of the household items listed below - especially televisions, computer monitors and some circuit boards and switches in electronics equipment - can contain heavy metals such as lead, mercury and cadmium and will not be picked up with your regular garbage collection:

  • televisions
  • computer monitors (cathode ray tube (CRT) and flat panel display types)
  • desktop computers (CPUs, hard drives, mice, keyboards and cables)
  • laptops
  • desktop printers
  • DVD players
  • VCRs
  • stereos
  • microwaves
  • scanners, copiers and fax machines
  • phones and cell phones
  • rechargeable batteries

If the item still works, consider donating it to a person or group that can use it. To dispose of your electronic waste, take it to a location as approved by Electronic Products Recycling Association or contact Mother Earth Recycling (formerly Syrotech Industries Ltd.) at 204-942-7900. These organizations recycle the electronic components and safely dispose of the heavy metals. The only parts sent to the landfill are plastic components that cannot yet be recycled.

Printer Cartridges

Used printer cartridges are NOT accepted in the City’s recycling program.

You may be able to have your cartridges refilled. Please visit the cartridge manufacturer’s website for more information on refilling and/or disposal options.

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Household construction / renovation materials

Contact the Habitat for Humanity Winnipeg ReStore , a building supply store that accepts and resells quality new and used building materials, about donating your reusable construction and renovation materials.

This waste material will not be picked up with your regular garbage collection and should be taken to the Brady Road Resource Management Facility (Brady Road Landfill) for disposal. There is a fee per vehicle. Information on Brady Road Resource Management Facility (Brady Road Landfill) is also available by calling the recycling and garbage information line at 204-986-8888, Code 9814 or contacting 311.

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Large household appliances

There are a few ways that the metals in large household appliances (i.e., stoves, dishwashers, clothes washing machines and dryers) can be recovered and reused. If the appliance (i.e., refrigerators, freezers or air conditioners) contains ozone-depleting substances, follow these options to properly dispose of them.

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Leaves, grass clippings, brush / tree trimmings and other yard waste
  • As part of our yard waste collection, we will collect your yard waste and compost it. You must use paper yard waste bags or reusable containers. We will not accept yard waste in plastic bags. It is taken to a central location and composted into a reusable soil-like material.
  • Loose or bagged yard waste, including leaves and branches less than 100 millimetres (4 inches) in diameter, can be dropped off year-round at Brady Road Resource Management Facility (Brady Road Landfill). If your yard waste is in plastic bags, you must empty the yard waste from the plastic bag, and take the plastic bag home with you. You will not be allowed to leave the plastic bag. This is to prevent plastic from contaminating the Compost Site. Tipping fees will not apply. However, should any load contain other materials, then fees will be applied on the entire load. Use lane one when entering the landfill and staff will direct you to the leaf it with us yard waste compost drop-off area across the road from the scale.
  • Grasscycle / mulch by leaving grass clippings on the lawn after mowing. The clippings quickly dry out, decompose, and recycle nutrients back into the soil and make your lawn healthy and green. Every time you throw away one bag of grass clippings, you are throwing away about 1/4 pound of lawn fertilizer!
  • For information on composting, contact Green Action Centre .
  • Brush or tree trimmings can be put out for curbside yard waste collection as long as branches are less than 100 millimetres (4 inches) in diameter, cut and tied together into lengths no longer than one metre (39 inches) and weigh no more than 22 kilograms (50 pounds).
  • Information on what you can do with your yard waste is also available by contacting 311.

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Lumber - both treated and untreated

Lumber will not be picked up with your regular garbage collection and must be taken to the Brady Road Resource Management Facility (Brady Road Landfill) for disposal. There is a small fee per vehicle. Information on Brady Road Resource Management Facility (Brady Road Landfill) is also available by calling the recycling and garbage information line at 204-986-8888, Code 9814 or contacting us.

You can also contact the Habitat for Humanity Winnipeg ReStore, a building supply store that accepts and resells quality new and used building materials, about donating your reusable construction and renovation materials.

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Motor oil, oil filters and plastic oil containers

You can take your used motor oil, filters and plastic oil containers to any used oil recycling depot location for free disposal. For more information on depot hours and locations for the Manitoba used oil recycling program, visit www.usedoilrecycling.com or call 1-888-410-1440 or 204-632-5255.

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Paint

Leftover paint should never be dumped into sewers or drains. Homeowners should take their leftover oil-based (alkyd) and latex paint to the household hazardous waste collection depot for free disposal. Information on the depot locations and hours of operation is also available by calling the recycling and garbage information line at 204-986-8888, Code 9811 or contacting 311.

Businesses must contact a licensed hazardous waste disposal company to dispose of their paint. They can also contact the Habitat for Humanity Winnipeg ReStore, a building supply store that accepts and resells quality new and used building materials, about donating new, full cans of mis-tinted or over-stock paint directly from suppliers and manufacturers. They do not accept paint from the general public.

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Railroad ties and landscape timbers

These items contain creosote, a preservative, which makes them hazardous. Consider using lumber composites made of plastic and wood. See if someone is interested in reusing your railroad ties in a landscaping project. Railroad ties can be taken to the Brady Road Resource Management Facility (Brady Road Landfill) for disposal if they are dry (i.e. not wet with creosote). Contact us for more information on the disposal of railroad ties.

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Rechargeable batteries
  • Recycle My Cell offers recycling of batteries of any condition or brand, as well as cell phones, chargers and wireless cards, at free drop-off spots. Find your nearest location by entering your postal code or print off a free pre-paid label to mail in your items. The program is offered by the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) and the Province of Manitoba. Recovered items are either taken apart for scrap at facilities in Alberta and Ontario or refurbished. Program proceeds go to groups such as Resource Conservation Manitoba, Tree Canada and the World Wildlife Fund.
  • Call2Recycle offers free recycling of portable rechargeable batteries and cell phones. Locate your nearest drop-off site by entering your postal code.

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Other materials

To find out how to get rid of items that aren't listed here, check our special handling page or contact us.

Note: Many of the items on this list require special handling during disposal.

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Last updated: January 14, 2014

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