Plastic bags don’t go in Winnipeg’s recycling carts

While certain types of plastic can be recycled, it is very important to keep plastic bags out of the recycling carts in Winnipeg.

“Bags cause all kinds of problems,” said Mark Kinsley, Supervisor of Waste Diversion.

When that happens, the facility has to stop the equipment to cut out plastic bags that have become jammed.

Worker standing in front of recycling facility equipment with plastic bags caught in it
Plastic bags can get caught in the recycling facility’s equipment.

“These are time-consuming events that cause delays for the whole process,” said Kinsley.

He said when workers are removing plastic bags on the conveyor belts, they are not able to remove other items.

Plastic bags in any form should not go in the recycling carts. They can be returned to participating grocery stores to be recycled there, or should go in the garbage.

Employee removing plastic bags from sorting line by hand at recycling facility
Employees have to remove plastic bags by hand at the recycling sorting facility.

“That will give the sorters the chance to do what they are supposed to do,” Kinsley said.

He is recommending people become familiar with is accepted in Winnipeg’s recycling program.

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