Parks & Green Spaces
Parks and green spaces are natural gathering places and the perfect locations to increase empty beverage container recycling. We’ve worked to pair as many garbage and recycling bins as possible in these areas, but the public has consistently asked for more opportunities. In response to this demand, Recycle Everywhere staged a one-week trial of recycling infrastructure in St. Vital Park, a City Park with no current public space recycling. Conducted in July 2015, the results clearly demonstrated the value of pairing all waste bins in the park with temporary recycling bins, showing that approximately 262 kilograms (127 bags) of beverage containers could be diverted from the landfill in one park alone in a typical summer season if bins were in place.
We’ve had a lot of success partnering with Assiniboine Park and Kildonan Park over the years and 2015 was no different. In an effort to show how many empty beverage containers can be collected over the course of a typical week, we organized a seven-day takeover at Kildonan Park. At the end of the summer, a celebratory event was thrown at the park, which featured food, drinks, entertainment
and the Recycle Everywhere Street Team.
In addition to City of Winnipeg green spaces, we also partnered with Provincial Parks, including Birds Hill and Grand Beach, where we installed a number of underground bins and bear-proof containers. We also launched a pilot program where clear plastic bags were provided to campers for their recyclables. Over 33,000 bags were given out at 18 sites in 11 Provincial Parks, including:
- Paint Lake Provincial Park
(Paint Lake, Burge Lake and Zed Lake)
- Winnipeg Beach Provincial Park
(Winnipeg Beach, Hnausa Beach and Norris Lake)
- Nopiming Provincial Park
(Tubabi Falls, Bird River and Black Lake)
- Whiteshell Provincial Park
(West Hawk Lake and Falcon Lake)
- Hecla/Grindstone Provincial Park
- Bakers Narrow Provincial Park
- Grass River Provincial Park
- Wekusko Falls Provincial Park
- Birds Hill Provincial Park
- Grand Beach Provincial Park
- Pinawa Provincial Park
A survey conducted after the pilot program’s completion showed that park staff found the bags to be a helpful reminder for visitors to recycle. Feedback, such as the need for increased communication and permanent signage was also gathered, and will be considered when developing the program for 2016.
We focused our municipal marketing efforts this year toward reinforcing best practices and promoting the benefits of easy access. With an emphasis on the importance of pairing recycling and waste infrastructure directly beside one another, we continued to offer Recycle Everywhere cost-shared, dual-stream garbage and recycling bins, dividing the cost of each bin with the municipality.
In Selkirk, we partnered with the City to place 80 dual-stream bins in strategic locations from The Waterfront to Selkirk Park, and transit stops to street corners. Partnerships like this have resulted in adding hundreds of bins to public spaces throughout the province.
Northern & First Nations
Remote communities have unique waste management challenges. That’s why our focus this year was to work closely with Northern and First Nation organizations and transportation companies to enhance program delivery and reduce financial barriers.
As part of our continued support for these communities, CBCRA collaborated with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada’s (AANDC) Solid Waste Action Team. Our contributions with this team helped earn us an AANDC Deputy Ministers’ recognition award.
Northern Community Cleanup
2015 marked our fifth year partnering with Multi-Material Stewardship Manitoba (MMSM) as part of the Northern Community Cleanup. Thirteen communities were given bins, bags, gloves and shirts and were challenged to pick up as much waste as possible from their neighbourhoods. In total, 1,166 kg (2,500 lbs.) were collected, with Sherridon, Manitoba, gathering the most. As the winning community, they received $5,000 towards the cost of public space bins, which was put towards recycling infrastructure and signage.
The clean-up initiatives and winners were heavily promoted throughout northern Manitoba, resulting in increased awareness of the importance of recycling.
UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA
We partnered with the University of Manitoba in 2015 to increase student recycling rates. 230 Recycle Everywhere bins were added to outdoor locations across the campus. To demonstrate the effectiveness of the placements, everything thrown into the bins was collected and sorted over a seven-day period. The material was then put on display to celebrate the amount of beverage containers diverted from the landfill. The University also conducted a smaller-scale experiment using 30 outdoor garbage and recycling bins. The materials were sorted into three categories at the end of the week and resulted in a 2:1 recycling ratio, with beverage containers (40 kg), general recycling (48 kg) and garbage (44 kg).
Whether it’s new partners or existing institutions, we have continued to make great strides in Manitoba primary and secondary schools. To date, we’ve partnered with two full divisions (St. James Assiniboine and Brandon) and many individual communities (Dauphin, Flin Flon, Gimli, MacGregor, Oakbank, St. Norbert, Teulon, The Pas, Virden, Winnipeg Beach and Winnipegosis). Our partnership with Global TV and community producer Eva Kovacs helped to highlight recycling champions in these schools through our “Race to Register” and “Tell Us Your Story” contests.
At the start of the school year, we launched a new initiative called the RE101 Ambassador Program, where we gave four Grade 4 Recycle Everywhere classrooms activity booklets and Mini Bins. A total of 87 students from Mulvey School, Shaughnessy Park School and Lord Selkirk School tracked their beverage container recycling over the course of a month. Participation prizes included Manitoba Moose tickets, Recycle Everywhere promotional packages and a pizza party with Winnipeg Jet Jacob Trouba and BINjamin. The booklet, which features games and recycling information, is now available as a free download on our website.
In October, we partnered with Education for Sustainable Development for the first time to host a professional development day for teachers. The one-day event was attended by 90 educators from across the province and multiple others via a webinar. We also visited 27 schools over the course of the year, giving 69 presentations and reaching over 1,000 students.
Industrial, Commercial & Institutional
Our hundreds of partners across the province make it possible for Manitobans to recycle their empty beverage containers where they live, work and play. We work closely with these organizations, businesses and locations to ensure that we’re always offering the right bin for the space and enhancing our program delivery and on-site communication materials to meet their needs.
New this year was an outreach brochure called “Open for Business” to support ongoing conversations with potential new partners. This led to successful discussions with Manitoba Federated Co-op about a plan to implement bins at their warehouse, shipping and distribution, convenience and grocery locations. Existing program partners were sent communications by email with information on best practices, bin placement and how to handle replacement requests.
Key 2015 Activities
We worked closely with professional associations within these industries to help get the word out about our program.
Partnerships, sponsorships and trade shows include:
- Housing MB (Regional Directors Meeting)
- Manitoba Non Profit Housing Association (AGM)
- Manitoba Non Profit Housing Association (Conference and Trade show)
- Recreation Manitoba (Rec Connections Conference and Trade show)
- Professional Property Managers Association (Monthly Breakfast Meeting)
- Professional Property Managers Association (Conference and Trade show)
- Manitoba Restaurant and Food Association (Trade show)
- Recreation Connections (Trade show and Conference)
- Manitoba Heavy Construction Association (Trade show and Conference)
- Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (Trade show and Conference)
- Chamber of Commerce (South Winnipeg Chapter)
- Manitoba Restaurant and Foodservice Association (Industry Outreach Speaking Engagement)
- Manitoba Professional Planners Institute (Manitoba Planning Conference)
- Building Operators and Managers Association (Excellence Awards Gala Luncheon)
- Solid Waste Association of North America (Northern Lights Chapter)
- Canadian Green Buildings Council – MB Chapter (Workshop and Round table)
- Manitoba Environmental Industries Association (Workplace Sustainability Lectures)
- Manitoba Association of Regional Recycler (Forum)
- Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce (Networking Event)
- Professional Property Managers Association (Holiday Luncheon)
Throughout the year, we ran several contests encouraging IC&I sites such as businesses, restaurants, private community centres and golf courses, hotels and private campgrounds to partner with Recycle Everywhere. One specific contest in November offered participants a chance to win an evening in a 20-person suite at a Winnipeg Jets game. Promoted through mass communication and supported with personal outreach, this contest alone resulted in over 200 new partners signing up for the program.
Rona Portage la Prairie and Dauphin First Baptist Church were the lucky winners, selected by a random draw of all participants.