Recycling and Waste reduction: a Discussion Paper is available online at www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/envprograms/recycling/index.html for review and comments from citizens of Manitoba. The deadline is March 20, 2015.
This is not a new concept for the Manitoba government. Since the mid 1990’s it has reduced the amount of waste going to landfills by 15% while the population grew by 14%.
Most of us just think about garbage but the term solid waste is much bigger including construction waste, used oil, electronics, hazardous waste, tires, grass and other yard waste.
Green Manitoba, the branch of government focused on waste reduction has several programs designed to achieve their goal.
Extended producer responsibility is one that in my view has the biggest impact. It requires industries whose products create waste to help take care of it. Examples are used oil, tires, electronics (e-waste), household recyclables, beverage containers and agricultural projects.
Industries fund producer responsible organizations (PRO’s) which are non-profit. The PRO’s run programs that make it affordable for communities to recycle what is recyclable and dispose of hazardous waste safely.
All of these programs are operating in Flin Flon except Household Hazardous waste.
Support for household recycling from Multi Material Stewardship of Manitoba has been vital to the survival of recycling in our community. The recycling program has been receiving this subsidy since 1995.
Green Manitoba’s current focus is community composting. This is a program Flin Flon still needs to take advantage of.
Manitoba still has the third highest rate of waste per person in Canada. The discussion paper sets a new goal of cutting that rate in half by 2020.
More information about these programs is available at www.greenmanitoba.ca.