What happens to our recyclables?
The City of Winnipeg sells the recyclables to companies and brokers around North America. The materials sold to brokers are then marketed within and outside of North America (including Asia), depending on market demand.
|Recyclable item||Destination||End use|
|#1 plastic bottles (PET)||Eastern Canada and Eastern USA||Plastic bottles and trays, carpet fibre|
|#2 plastic bottles (HDPE)||Eastern Canada and Eastern USA||Sewage pipe, plastic bottles|
|#3 - #7 plastic containers||Eastern Canada||Plastic lumber|
|Milk/juice cartons||Eastern Canada and Midwestern USA||Office paper and tissue paper|
|Aluminum cans||Eastern Canada and Eastern USA||Auto parts, aluminum cans|
|Steel cans||Manitoba||Steel building products, auto parts|
|Newspapers, flyers, magazines||Eastern Canada, Midwestern USA, Asia||Newsprint|
|Household paper||Eastern Canada, Midwestern USA, Asia||Household paper and boxboard|
|Boxboard||Eastern Canada and Midwestern USA||Boxboard and paper egg cartons|
|Cardboard||Eastern Canada and Midwestern USA||Cardboard|
Last updated: February 27, 2019