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Q: Why should I recycle?
Recycling is one of the best ways for you to have a positive impact on the world in which we live. Our planet is already starting to feel the effects of global warming and we need to do whatever we can to lessen the impact. We must reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfills and address the continuing threat to our environment as well as the critical shortage of landfill space. Recycling turns products that would otherwise become waste into new products or resources. Last year alone, we collected 73,592,481 kgs. of residential recyclable materials in Manitoba; that’s enough to fill Canad Inns Stadium up to 5 feet deep. Recycling ensures useful materials aren’t wasted, and reduces the related consumption of raw materials and energy in manufacturing. When you recycle, you’re helping to protect natural resources, improving the quality of groundwater and reducing the effects of global warming. You’re not only doing the right thing for our environment – you’re also doing the right thing for the economy. In addition to creating jobs, recycling may also provide revenue based on volume and market conditions.
Q: What materials can I recycle?
Did you know that more than half of your household waste can be recycled? More than 185 communities and municipalities around the province offer the opportunity to recycle household materials that contribute to half of your household waste. For example: milk cartons, glass food and beverage containers, plastic bottles, juice boxes, margarine containers, aluminum cans, cardboard, newspapers, cereal boxes, steel food containers and more! For more information on what other materials (tires, oils, electronics, batteries) you can recycle and collection sites, please visit www.recyclemanitoba.ca.
Q: Are milk cartons and juice boxes recyclable?
Gable top containers such as milk cartons and aseptic containers such as juice boxes are completely recyclable because they are mostly made of paper.
Q: How do I know when my recyclables will be collected?
To find the collection day you will have your recyclables picked up you can either check the route maps or visit the following link and follow the steps below: http://gis.brandon.ca/flex/PropertySearch.html#
Q: What happens to our recyclables once they are picked up from my home?
Once the recyclables are picked up from your home, they are transported to the City of Brandon MRF (materials recovery facility) to be processed. The materials are then baled and placed in the shipping area to await transportation to manufacturing plants where they are turned into a raw material and then turned into a new product where the life cycle starts again. Due to market conditions and supply and demand, materials are shipped around North America and even throughout the world.
Q: How is our recycling program funded?
Multi Material Stewardship Manitoba (MMSM) is a non-profit industry funded organization that develops, implements and operates waste diversion programs for designated packaging and printed paper stewards within the Province of Manitoba. The stewards include brand owners, importers and franchisors-essentially the producers – of consumer goods sold in Manitoba. While MMSM funds up to 80% of recycling program costs through the contributions made by stewards the City of Brandon funds the remaining portion of these costs through taxes, levies on waste sent to the landfill (WRARS), the sale of material and from tipping fees to those using the MRF.
Q: What do you with recyclables before you put them in the cart?
Save water and time when recycling cans and bottles. You do not have to clean them out or remove their labels and lids. Just ensure they are empty first!
Plastic, glass and metal containers can be cleaned if you have the time. Doing so avoids contaminating other materials, reduces unpleasant odours and the development of mould and, generally, ensures sorting centre employees work in a healthier environment.
Q: What should I do if a product has several different packaging components?
When recycling, removing plastic trays from cookie boxes before placing them in the recycling bin is a great help for sorting operations. Recyclable materials are sorted either manually or through an automated system into various categories. By separating packaging made of different materials at home, you simplify the sorting process saving time and money for your local recycling operation.
Note that it is not necessary to remove the plastic window from envelopes or labels on tin cans. Also, lids on beverage containers can stay together as well.
Q: What do I do if I am not sure if it is recyclable or not?
Don’t put anything in your recycling bin that your municipality hasn’t asked for – if you don’t know if it goes in, check the City of Brandon waste tool, the Waste Wizard. If you put unwanted material out for recycling, it just takes a costlier route to the landfill.
Also, be sure to check for the triangle and number on the bottom of the item. That will tell you what kind of recyclable it is and if your municipality accepts it. Remember the City of Brandon does not accept #3 or #6 recyclables.
Q: What do I do with old toys and/or clothes?
If they are in good shape check local charities that may operate reuse centres for these items. If they are not in good shape toys should be placed in your garbage cart as it is not considered a recyclable product in our program. Old clothes that are not reusable may be cut up and used as rags otherwise they should go in your garbage cart as well.
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