CBCRA continues to work with municipalities to identify beverage container recycling needs and reinforce Recycle Everywhere best practices. Although we have bins in a majority of places across Manitoba, we still follow up with all communities to review best practices and perform needs assessments. Some areas will need additional bins and/or replacements for damaged and weathered bins. We invest time into reviewing our programs with operational and municipal staff to make sure any new employees are familiar with the Recycle Everywhere initiatives that are in place.
In 2017, we took on several municipal projects. In conjunction with the City of Winnipeg, the General Council of Winnipeg Community Centres (GCWCC) and selected community centres, we launched a pilot project to place free Recycle Everywhere bins at splash pads and wading pool sites. Bins were placed at 14 sites, with more to come in 2018. Recycle Everywhere will continue to work with the City and community centres to figure out the best method of disposal for each site.
We’ve been working with The Pas to replace and pair-up unmatched garbage bins. By working together, we are updating their Recycle Everywhere bin infrastructure and increasing recovery rates in the process.
To strengthen our presence in the community and spread the word about our cause, we attended the Manitoba Association of Regional Recyclers (MARR) Community Recycling and Waste Reduction Forum, the Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM) Annual Convention and several tradeshows.
This year, we continued our Mini Bin program to help increase beverage container recycling in Manitoba’s Multi-Family Dwellings (MFDs), such as apartment buildings and condos. Approximately 70 per cent of beverages are consumed at home, and dwellings like apartments, condos, and townhouses make up our biggest opportunity to improve recovery rates. The Mini Bin program consistently receives positive feedback on how convenient tenants find the bin, especially for senior citizens and tenants with mobility issues.
In 2016, data revealed that over 80 per cent of all multi-family dwelling (MFD) tenants in Manitoba had received a Mini Bin. The high rate of Mini Bins already out there allowed us to shift our focus to a maintenance program for 2017. We are continuing to work with property managers to provide newly-built MFDs with Mini Bins, and are restocking MFDs that have experienced significant tenant turnover with Mini Bins.
As part of the Mini Bin maintenance program, CBCRA reached out to various municipalities outside of Winnipeg to offer them Mini Bins. Morden and the Rural Municipality of Roblin ordered Mini Bins for the first time for all of the MFDs in their communities. Several other towns and cities in Manitoba also ordered additional bins to replace ones lost during tenant turnover, and to fill new MFDs.
In 2017, nearly 9,000 Mini Bins were delivered to MFD residences across Manitoba. Of these bins, almost 4,000 were distributed to locations outside of Winnipeg. The Manitoba Non-Profit Housing Association (MNPHA) continues to be supportive of the Mini Bin program. They promoted the bins in their newsletter, on their website, and at their events, namely at the Building Partnerships Conference.
Our long-standing relationship with every university and college in Manitoba remains strong.
In 2017, we continued to reach out to specialized schools and conduct follow-ups with our partners to ensure that they were following our best practice guidelines. We went to a number of on-campus events to encourage good recycling behaviours among students and staff, and provided 206 bins over the course of the year.