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What happens to our recyclables?

The City of Winnipeg sells the recyclables we collect in our program to companies around North America including brokers. The materials are then processed or marketed within and outside of North America, 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 Newsprint
Household paper Eastern Canada, Midwestern USA Household paper and boxboard
Boxboard Eastern Canada and Midwestern USA Boxboard and paper egg cartons
Cardboard Eastern Canada and Midwestern USA Cardboard
Last updated: January 26, 2018