Website, Smartphone App to Make Recycling Easier

The province on Thursday launched a new website and smartphone app in partnership with Green Manitoba to make it easier for citizens to recycle. lists recycling depots near the user’s location where items such as electronic waste, paint, tires, batteries, compact fluorescent lamp bulbs and other materials can be recycled. A smartphone app called MB Recycling (iTunes link) mimics the website and provides the same information on-the-go based on GPS.

“If you need to find a place to recycle your phone or laptop — now all you need to do is ask them,” said Conservation Minister Gord Mackintosh. “Green Manitoba’s new online tools make it easier than ever to find the many accessible recycling depots in the province.”

The app is currently available for users of the iPhone 4, 4S and 5. Support for iPad, as well as BlackBerry and Android devices, is coming in the future.

Mackintosh also announced a proposed amendment to the Waste Reduction and Prevention (WRAP) Act that would enable the province to begin banning certain dangerous materials from landfills. Consultations on what those materials should be are underway with stakeholders and will continue early in the new year. video