More Manitobans are getting the message to recycle their used beverage containers.
Data from the Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association (CBCRA) shows in 2013, the annual recovery rate for recycled containers jumped from 53 percent in 2012 to 61 percent last year.
“That’s a lot of empty bottles, cans, cartons and juice boxes that can now become something new such as airplane parts, clothing, beverage containers and more,” said Ken Friesen, executive director of CBCRA. “Manitobans recycled enough empty beverage containers in 2013 to fill 891 railcars.”
The increase is due to in part to a record-breaking 12,539 Recycle Everywhere bins being placed in locations across the province — more than the previous three years combined.
The boost in new Recycle Everywhere infrastructure created 526 new partnerships at 862 new sites, and gave the program a presence in almost every Manitoba municipality. The program also grew exponentially at the school level with the introduction in September of Recycle Everywhere 101. Since late last year school partnerships have increased from 179 to more than 400 today.