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Residential recycling report

Tonnes of material recycled from City programs

How many tonnes of material have Winnipeg residents recycled since 2007?

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A history of Winnipeg's curbside recycling
  • A blue box program was phased in across the city from the fall of 1995 to the spring of 1996.
  • 1997 was the first full year of recycling for single-family dwellings.
  • In November 2001, on-site recycling collection was made available to all multi-family dwellings, including apartments, condominiums and townhouses.
  • In September 2003, recycling became easier than ever. The list of recyclable items was expanded to include all empty plastic containers and no more sorting. Cans, bottles, jars, containers, paper, magazines and cardboard can be tossed right into the recycling.
  • In October 2012, automated recycling collection was introduced city-wide. Every single family home was provided with a 240 litre recycling cart. From October to December 2012, we collected nearly 25% more recycling than during the same period in 2011.

We could always be recycling more. It is estimated that around one million dollars' worth of aluminum cans is going to the landfill each year.

Why should we recycle?

Recycling is good for Winnipeg and good for our environment. The more we recycle:

  • The more revenue that can be made from the sale of the sorted material.
    More recycling means higher returns on sales which can offset the cost of recycling.
  • The less garbage we throw out.
    Less garbage means lower costs to collect and dispose of garbage, and this could save you money on your property taxes.
  • The more energy we save.
    Making goods from recycled materials usually requires less energy than making goods from raw materials.
  • The more trees we leave standing in our forests.
    Every metric tonne of paper we recycle saves 17 trees from being cut down.
Last update: November 13, 2018