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Recycling study (Completed)
We are looking at options for collecting recyclables from your home:

  • continuing with the current program (weekly manual collection with blue boxes)
  • weekly automated collection using 240 litre carts (which holds the contents of 3 to 4 blue boxes)
  • bi-weekly automated collection using 240 or 360 litre carts (which holds the contents of 5 to 6 blue boxes)

Background
Winnipeg residents have embraced recycling since the curbside blue box program was introduced in 1995. More Winnipeggers are participating and more households are placing out multiple boxes. Last year, Winnipeg residents recycled almost 45,000 metric tonnes of material.

When the blue box program began, residents were required to spend a little time preparing their items (e.g., separating materials, removing lids from containers). Today, residents can recycle more items quickly and easily – just toss the items in the box.

Winnipeg can follow the trend of other cities in Canada and the USA towards city-wide automated cart collection for recycling. Roll-out carts could replace blue boxes and allow a more cost-effective and efficient collection service. Collection trucks are equipped with an automated arm that empties each cart, removing the labour concerns associated with the current manual collection system.

City Council approved the Recycling Collection Tender - Permission to Explore the Cost of Cart Collection Adobe Acrobat icon indicating a pdf file that will open up in a new browser window. Close the new window to return to this page. report on October 28, 2009. We have prepared a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) about automated recycling cart collection to help residents understand the issue.

Feedback (closed)
Comments were received up until November 30, 2009.

Your input on the type of collection service was included in the recommendation presented to City Council in February 2010. Included in the report was a summary of the comments received from:

  • an online survey.
  • a market research survey conducted by Probe Research.
  • comments received through email.
  • feedback forms collected from the following open houses:
    Date Location Time
    Tuesday, November 17, 2009 Red River College, 160 Princess Street 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.
    Wednesday, November 18, 2009 Sturgeon Creek Community Centre, 210 Rita Street 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
    Thursday, November 19, 2009 Windsor Community Centre, 99 Springside Drive 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
    Friday, November 20, 2009 Access Transcona, 845 Regent Avenue 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
    Monday, November 23, 2009 Thunderbird House, 715 Main Street 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
    Tuesday, November 24, 2009 CanadInns Fort Garry, 1824 Pembina Highway 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
    Wednesday, November 25, 2009 Bronx Park Community Centre, 720 Henderson Highway 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
    Thursday, November 26, 2009 CanadInns Garden City, 2100 McPhillips Street 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

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