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Manitoba Funnelling $10M into Recycling Programs

September 14, 2020 10:52 AM | News

Plastic Bottle Recycle

A volunteer collects a plastic bottle during trash collection at the Kolovrechtis wetland near Halkida, Evia island, Greece, Feb.3, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Thanassis Stavrakis)

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is spending $10 million on recycling and waste diversion in the province.

Conservation and Climate Minister Sarah Guillemard announced Monday the investment will go towards new and ongoing programs.

“Manitobans are spending more time at home, and in some cases that means an increase in waste or recyclables,” Guillemard said.

“We want to be sure that in these difficult times we don’t lose focus on our responsibility to reduce our waste and continue to divert items from our landfills as much as possible.”

The funding will be split between the following:

  • $620,000 in Manitoba Composts Support Payments available to private and public compost facilities
  • $50,000 to Mother Earth Recycling to launch a pilot project to recycle child car seats and furniture
  • $450,000 to Product Care Association to collect and properly dispose of stockpiled household hazardous waste such as spray-foam containers and propane
  • $60,000 to Manitoba Association of Regional Recyclers (MARR) to support Manitoba recycling organizations in adapting to the new and developing challenges created by COVID-19
  • $185,000 to Cleanfarms to expand the collection and recycling of agricultural plastics in southern Manitoba
  • Almost $7 million in continued recycling rebates to municipalities and Northern Affairs communities to encourage blue box recycling