A new audit by the Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association shows beverage container litter has decreased in five Manitoba cities.
Brandon has seen the biggest drop in litter at 91 percent, thanks to the Recycling Everywhere program, which is run by the CBCRA.
Winnipeg followed at a 75 percent reduction in litter. The reports for both major Manitoba cities come since the 2010 baseline audits.
“We continue to see Manitobans keeping their city streets clean, which includes thinking about where they place their beverage containers once they’re empty,” said Christa Rust, program manager of the CBCRA.
Steinbach saw an 85 percent drop in empty beverage container litter rates since its baseline year of 2013. Flin Flon and Thompson followed at 47 percent and four percent reductions, respectively
The annual audits were conducted by third parties at 245 pre-selected locations.
As part of a new initiative in 2020, the CBCRA will launch new litter cleanup kits to support communities in their efforts to reduce litter in Manitoba.