Last week’s column discussed why Manitoba doesn’t have a deposit system like Saskatchewan which pays 10 cents or more when beverage containers are returned for recycling.
In Manitoba the enviro levy to support recycling is two cents. Saskatchewan’s recycling fee is six cents.
What happens with those two cents to make recycling happen in Manitoba?
Some of it provides a subsidy to the recycling program for each tonne recycled. The rest goes to the Recycle Everywhere program.
Recycle Everywhere is Canada’s first province-wide, away from home beverage container recycling program. It is operated by the Canadian Beverage Containers Recycling Association or CBCRA for short. It is an industry funded non-profit organization.
The government has required that they recover 75% of all the beverage containers sold in Manitoba. The CBCRA has stated they want to achieve this by 2016. They are well on their way at more than 60%.
Recycle Everywhere partners with communities, businesses, institutions, and events throughout Manitoba by providing them with Recycle Everywhere bins free of charge. There is a wide variety of bin styles and sizes to choose from.
In Flin Flon, there are six bins on Main Street, 19 in the parks and 17 at the Whitney Forum. Many businesses and other work places are taking advantage of this program.
It is best to have a recycling bin beside every garbage container in public areas. This gives people the option to recycle every time and prevents garbage in the recycling bins.
Your two cents makes it easy for Manitobans to make the right choice and recycle their beverage containers at less than half the cost.
For more info about free bins, go to RecycleEverywhere.ca.