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October 19, 2020

Rethink your waste during Waste Reduction Week

Released: 1:11 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Today is the start of Waste Reduction Week across Canada, and to mark the occasion, the City of Winnipeg is reminding residents of steps they can take at home to reduce their impact on the environment.

When waste breaks down over time, it creates harmful greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. Winnipeggers can help reduce the amount of waste that ends up in the landfill by taking the following steps year-round:

  • Rethink your waste by reducing what you buy, reusing and repairing what you have, and recycling what you can.
  • Reduce the amount of textiles going to waste by purchasing quality clothing, thrift shopping, repairing old clothes, and donating clothes you no longer want.
  • Buy refurbished electronics and repair old electronics when possible to help to reduce electronic waste. When it’s time to get rid of old electronics, consider donating them if they still work or recycle them for free at any 4R Winnipeg Depot.
  • Reduce your plastic footprint by choosing reusable items, and less excessive or recyclable packaging. Reuse any plastic grocery bags you have or bring them back to one of many retailers that recycle them.
  • Reduce the amount of food that goes to waste by buying only what you need, eating what you buy, refrigerating or freezing leftovers, and composting food scraps.
  • Use up all hazardous household chemicals instead of disposing them. If you need to dispose of hazardous household chemicals, you can safely do so by dropping them off in their original container at any 4R Winnipeg Depot for free.
  • Protect the environment and the people around you by choosing reusable facemasks instead of single-use disposable masks, when possible. Simply wash your mask after each use with hot, soapy water and dry thoroughly. Please remember to follow the proper use of non-medical masks.

For more information on the City of Winnipeg’s Climate Action Plan, visit: winnipeg.ca/climateactionplan.

Public advised of potential COVID-19 exposures on Winnipeg Transit

Released: 1:55 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living has indicated of potential COVID-19 exposures on Winnipeg Transit on Monday, October 5.

A passenger rode the bus at approximately 8 a.m., boarding route 75 at Lagimodière Boulevard and St. Anne’s Road and exiting it at Kildonan Place Mall.

In the evening, at approximately 6:45 p.m. a passenger boarded route 45 at Panet Road and Reenders Avenue and rode it to Portage Avenue, where they transferred to route 55 before exiting at Worthington Avenue and St. Anne’s Road.

Whenever Winnipeg Transit is made aware of a potential COVID-19 exposure, scheduling information is cross-referenced, and any operators identified to have been driving potentially affected buses are notified so appropriate follow-up measures can be taken.

Residents are reminded that if they are showing symptoms of COVID-19, they are advised to visit a testing site as soon as possible. Those who have concerns about symptoms or who are unsure whether they should be tested can call Health Links-Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or toll free at 1-888-315-9257. For the most up-to-date information related to COVID-19, visit: manitoba.ca/covid19.

Winnipeg Transit began requiring the use of masks that cover the mouth, nose and chin on buses and in Transit Plus vehicles on August 29, 2020, in addition to other measures brought in as part of our ongoing commitment to protect the health and safety of passengers and staff.

These measures include an enhanced sanitization program that sees all buses treated with a hospital grade sanitizer at least once every 48 hours, using electrostatic sprayers aimed primarily at high-touch point areas. You can learn more about the cleaning procedure in this video.

Passengers are reminded of their role in safe Transit use, and asked to follow these guidelines:

  • Maintain a reasonable separation between yourself and others.
  • Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands before and after riding transit and refraining from touching your face.
  • Wear a non-medical mask that covers your nose, mouth and chin at all times.
  • Be kind to others who may not be able to wear a non-medical mask.
  • Exit at the rear door if you are able in order to reduce crowding. Passengers who need to exit using the front door, such as wheelchair users, can still do so.
  • Consider riding in off-peak hours if possible to help make sure there’s space for everyone who needs it.
  • Don’t board buses that don’t have enough room for you to keep a distance between yourself and others.
  • Our operators are covered by shields that are to remain fully deployed at all times to stop the spread of COVID-19. We ask our passengers to stay back from the shield and to move away from the operator once fare is paid.
  • If you are sick; follow advice to isolate and do not take public transit.

Passengers are also reminded that single-use masks are available at Winnipeg Transit Customer Service Centres as part of our efforts to educate the public on the mask requirement. More information about how to wear a mask safely and our ongoing efforts to keep Transit safe is available on the Winnipeg Transit Response to COVID-19 page.

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