City Looking at Automated Recycle Carts

By Sarah Klein

Recycling CartAfter approving the use of automated garbage carts in the city’s northwest area this week, the City of Winnipeg is looking to bring out the same style of carts for recyclables.

A report by the City’s Department of Water and Waste, to be considered by the committee at its meeting next Tuesday, recommends issuing a tender for a seven-year contract that would ask bidders to price out three collection options:

  1. continuation of the current system of weekly manual collection of blue boxes
  2. weekly automated collection using 240-litre carts, and
  3. bi-weekly automated collection using 240- or 360-litre carts.

The 240-litre carts would be very similar to the garbage carts, and will hold the equivalent of four standard-size blue boxes, and the 360-litre carts hold the equivalent of six blue boxes.

September 15, 2010 is when the current blue box recycling contract expires.

“Automated recycling collection would have the same benefits as automated garbage collection – it’s better for the environment, better for worker safety, and ultimately less expensive to operate than a manual system,” said Darryl Drohomerski, Manager of the City’s Solid Waste Services.

The report on the proposal is available on the city’s website at