This summer our student surveyed 100 people at the Coop about their recycling habits and knowledge. I needed more space than I had last week to describe what we learned from it so here is part two.
One hundred people completed the surveys. Ninety percent of them recycled. This is not an accurate picture of our community based on the amount of materials at the Recycling Centre.
Half of those surveyed were uncertain if Styrofoam and drink pouches like Kool-aid Jammers were recyclable. Both are not.
One survey question asked if there was a beverage container recycling fee in Manitoba. 78% knew there is. The two cent enviro levy funds the Recycle Everywhere program and provides a subsidy to the Recycling Centre to help cover the costs.
Another question asked if the person had ever taken beverage containers to Saskatchewan for the ten cent deposit. 25% said they had a few times or on a regular basis. 12% were unsure or did not want to answer.
A couple of interesting comments were made on this question. Two Creighton residents believed they could because they live in Saskatchewan. One person stated ‘It is illegal, but I don’t blame people for doing it.’
It is illegal for anyone to take non-alcoholic beverage containers from here to Saskatchewan for recycling because the ten cent deposit was not paid. All retailers in our community participate in the Manitoba system. The deposit and non-refundable recycling fee for Saskatchewan would make their drinks 14 cents more expensive than in Manitoba.
Alcoholic drinks purchased in Saskatchewan may be returned to Saskatchewan if the purchaser has the receipt showing that the deposit was paid.
Thanks to everyone who completed the survey.