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April 7, 2017

Update on start of seasonal yard waste collection

Released: 10:35 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Due to the forecasted warm weather, the curbside yard waste collection program will begin a week earlier than initially announced.

This year's curbside yard waste collection program will begin the week of April 17 for homes in yard waste collection area "A" and the week of April 24 for homes in yard waste collection area "B”. Residents can also drop off yard waste for free at the Brady or Pacific 4R Winnipeg Depots.

Yard waste is collected at the curb once every two weeks, on the same collection day as recycling and garbage, and will continue until November.

Yard waste collection areas can be found at City of Winnipeg - Collection Calendar.

Residents can find out their yard waste collection days by:

Residents can put their yard waste in:

  • any reusable container without a lid (e.g., plastic tubs, old blue boxes, old metal or plastic garbage containers).Containers should not be broken or damaged.
  • cardboard boxes.
  • paper yard waste bags (available at many stores).

Yard waste in plastic bags will not be accepted because the plastic bags do not decompose and will ruin the finished compost.

Residents are urged not to rake any yard waste material or debris onto the street as this can plug the street drains and cause ponding problems as well as increase the risk of basement flooding.

The City also reminds residents to place their yard waste containers at least an arm’s length away from their recycling and garbage carts, and to store collected yard waste away from buildings. It is also recommended that yard waste be put out for collection no sooner than the evening before your scheduled collection day.

What Does the City Accept as Yard Waste?

Yard waste includes unlimited amounts of outside organic materials, such as grass clippings, leaves, plants, flowers, bush/shrub clippings, and small tied bundles of branches no longer than one metre or heavier than 22 kilograms.

Some of the materials not accepted in the curbside yard waste collection program include logs, stumps, rocks, dirt, sod, and litter, as these items slow down the composting process and can damage the composting equipment.

For information on yard waste collection, visit City of Winnipeg - Yard Waste Collection.


In 2016, more than 26,000 tonnes of yard waste was collected through the curbside yard waste collection program and composted at the Brady Road Resource Management Facility. The composted material is used in City flower beds and to landscape finished landfill areas. We are also exploring other opportunities for future uses.

The yard waste collection program will help reach our community’s goal of keeping more than half of our garbage out of the landfill. It also helps protect our environment by reusing valuable organic material and significantly reducing harmful leachate and greenhouse gases.

Transit Spring Schedule in effect Sunday, April 9

University of Manitoba Winter service extended to April 21

Released: 10:52 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Beginning Sunday, April 9, 2017, Winnipeg Transit's Spring Schedule will be in effect.

Please note: To accommodate the revised academic calendar, University of Manitoba Winter Service schedules will remain in effect until April 21 on the following routes:

36 Northwest Super Express
75 Crosstown East
78 Crosstown West
161 University Super Express

Some trips to/from the University of Manitoba may not be visible on transit’s website or other TransitTools.

For route and schedule information visit or contact 311.

Public invited to provide feedback on pedestrian and cycling project connecting Wolseley and West Alexander

Opportunities to participate online or at neighbourhood pop-up events

Released: 11:10 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Do you walk or bike in the Wolseley and West End neighbourhoods? The City wants to hear from you to help shape plans for a Walk Bike project connecting the Wolseley and West Alexander neighbourhoods.

This project is looking at options to encourage walking and cycling through the creation of a neighbourhood greenway along Ruby Street and Banning Street providing an important north-south connection between Palmerston Avenue and Notre Dame Avenue and beyond.

Participate online
Public input is a key component of all Walk Bike projects. Join the conversation online by taking photos of your experience walking and biking in this neighbourhood using #WalkBikeWPG. Also visit the website to provide feedback through an online survey and mapping tool:

Engage at a pop-up event
Come meet the project team at one of three pop-up engagement events where you can provide your feedback (drop-by format, come and go).

Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Location: Jonnies Sticky Buns, 941 Portage Ave.

Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Daniel McIntyre - St. Matthews Community Association Spring Clean-up Event, 823 Ellice Ave.

Date: Friday, April 28, 2017
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Joy’s Tea, 885 Westminster Ave.

More information

For more information visit

Road closures in effect this weekend

Motorists should use alternate routes and allow additional travel time

Released: 11:25 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - The public is advised that the following road closures will be in effect this weekend:

  • Albert Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from Saturday, April 8 at 8:00 a.m. to Monday, April 10 at 8:00 a.m. for film production. Pedestrian access to Albert Street will be maintained, and area businesses will not be affected by the closure. Props for the film will also be set up in Market Square during this time.
  • The Midtown Bridge northbound will be closed to vehicular traffic on Sunday, April 9 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for film production. During that time period, the Midtown Bridge southbound will be affected by intermittent traffic disruptions. Citizens are asked to avoid the area. Pedestrian access to the Midtown Bridge will be maintained in the southbound direction only.
  • Memorial Boulevard from York Avenue to St. Mary Avenue will be temporarily closed this Sunday, April 9 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. for the Vimy Ridge Memorial Service. Pedestrian access will be maintained, and motorists should allow additional travel time to get to their destinations, and use alternate routes.

For regular updates on City of Winnipeg lane closures and to view lane closures on an interactive map, please visit City of Winnipeg - Regional Lane Closures.

For Transit re-route and schedule information, visit or contact 311, available 24 hours every day by phone at 311 or by email at .

City of Winnipeg's annual bicycle auction to be held April 22 and 23

Released: 1:10 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - The City’s annual unclaimed bike auction will be held this April 22 and 23 at the East End Arena, 517 Pandora Avenue East:

  • Saturday, April 22:
    • 7:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. - public viewing
    • 9:00 a.m. - auction begins
  • Sunday, April 23:
    • 10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. - public viewing
    • 12:00 p.m. - auction begins

The City of Winnipeg has once again partnered with the Winnipeg Repair Education and Cycling Club (WRENCH) to offer over 250 ready-to-ride bikes tuned up through their UpCycle employment training program. Proceeds from the purchase of ready-to-ride bikes go towards supporting community bicycle programming across Winnipeg.

Please note that all bicycles are sold as is, where is, and no warranty is given nor implied. Cash, MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Interac payments will be accepted. Cheques will not be accepted.

One-time bicycle registrations will be available on site at a cost of $6.50 per bicycle. Registering your bike will ensure that, should the City recover it, you will get it back with no additional charges.

For further information on Community By-law Enforcement Services - Bicycle Recovery Section, please call 311 or visit City of Winnipeg - 2017 Bike Auction.

For more information on the WRENCH and upcoming workshops, visit

April 7, 2017