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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

Containers

Glass Winnipeg Road base
#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

Paper products

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