Throughout the year, we routinely conduct audits to help us understand disposal practices and waste makeup in public spaces. By measuring the number of beverage containers thrown out over a set period of time, we’re able to evaluate behaviours and identify opportunities for improvement.
In 2015, schools were specifically targeted so we could measure data from different environments and calculate a per-capita generation rate for the schools’ program, Recycle Everywhere 101 (RE101). In total, we completed audits in five educational institutions (two elementary schools, one middle school and two high schools). Findings showed there is still opportunity to increase recycling rates in schools, especially in the recovery of aseptic (drink box) containers.
In 2010, MGM Management, a Canadian environmental consulting firm, started conducting litter audits in Winnipeg and Brandon on our behalf. Year after year results show an overall decrease in empty beverage containers being discarded as litter. From 2014 to 2015, Winnipeg saw a 40 per cent reduction and Brandon went down by 25 per cent, contributing to an overall decrease of 61 and 63 per cent respectively. In 2013, Thompson and Steinbach joined the audit and have reduced their rates by 60 per cent and 62 per cent respectively.
“Manitobans are becoming increasingly knowledgeable about where they should put their empty beverage containers and Recycle Everywhere bins across the province are all playing a key part in improving recycling behaviour.”
Ken Friesen, Executive Director, CBCRA
RECOVERY RATES & RESULTS
RECOVERY RATE METHODOLOGY
The total recovery figure is calculated by collecting data from a number of sources, including all of the recycling processors that consolidate the beverage containers, at-home collection in single and multi-family dwellings, as well as away-from-home collection data such as IC&I, public events and private sector collections. Total sales are defined as the quantity of beverage container packaging supplied for use in Manitoba as reported by CBCRA members. CBCRA members report the number of units they sell into the province monthly through CBCRA’s online reporting system.
TOTAL RECOVERY / TOTAL SALES = RECOVERY RATE
RECYCLE EVERYWHERE BINS
CBCRA has continued to support recycling outside the home by providing free bins to public spaces. In 2015, 45,000 bins could be found in places like streetscapes, parks, community centres, schools and office buildings.
Beverage container recovery rate
We continue to move relentlessly towards our goal of 75 per cent recovery. Over a five year period the recovery rate has increased by 23 percentage points, which means 55 per cent more containers were recycled in 2015 than in 2010.
WHAT IS ACCEPTED
- Aluminum cans
and steel beverage containers
- Plastic bottles
- Glass bottles
- Gable top (carton) containers
- Aseptic (drink box) containers
- Drink pouches
WHERE THEY’RE COLLECTED
Public spaces: Municipal and provincial buildings, city parks, streetscapes and more
Private establishments: Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (IC&I) locations, including office buildings
Public facilities: Arenas, pools and recreation facilities, schools, colleges and universities
At home: In single family and multi-family dwellings throughout the province