Expanding our reach in Manitoba

Industrial, Commercial & Institutional (IC&I) entities continue to be some of our largest key partners, as they make it possible for us to interact with many Manitobans every day. In 2017, we focused on partnering with even more IC&I locations by offering the best bin infrastructure for their business needs.

We connected with over 50 associations to educate them and their members about our free bin program. We attended many tradeshows for the IC&I sector, including the Manitoba Restaurant and Foodservices Association, Aerospace Association, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Association and more.

We’re proud to say that in February of 2017, our perseverance earned us the Award of Merit from Recreation Connections Manitoba. The Award of Merit recognizes a community group, organization or municipality for excellence and innovation in providing recreation, therapeutic recreation and/or parks programs and services at the community level.

With the help of our IC&I partners, we’re expanding our reach, making it increasingly easy for Manitobans to Recycle Everywhere.

Gas Stations

We continue to work with gas station franchises to install more bins, including at Manitoba’s largest co-operative, Red River Co-op’s locations. Our focus this year was finding ways to bridge the gap between franchises that want to participate in our program, but who have infrastructure barriers, by helping them find storage and collection solutions that use limited space. We now have bins at 119 gas stations in Manitoba.

Getting Recycle Everywhere bins into every gas bar in Manitoba will be a significant achievement, and it is essential to meeting our recovery rate goal. By accomplishing this objective, we can divert as many as 10 million beverage containers from our landfills annually.

Government Buildings

We’ve been working with the Province of Manitoba for several years to enhance government building recycling programs. This partnership has allowed us to better understand their recycling requirements and how we can help meet their needs by implementing and enhancing beverage container recycling. We provide bins free of charge, and work with Facility Managers to improve each building’s recycling program.

We are expanding recycling infrastructure in two key government areas:

Owned Sites

All provincially owned buildings managed by the Manitoba Accommodation Services Division Department have recycling collection. We have provided bins to any site that needs them, and have given sites that don’t need bins resources, including recycling tips and recommendations to improve their existing recycling habits.

Leased Sites

We are continuing to work with the Provincial Real Estate and Contract Services – Accommodation Services Division Department to provide them with recycling infrastructure. In 2017, we conducted site assessments in Winnipeg and will be working on assessing rural sites in 2018.

Office and Commercial Buildings

Manitoba’s Property Management companies have officially partnered with us and are committed to implementing our programs. On Earth Day 2017, we were pleased to announce our partnership with the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Manitoba to expand the use of Recycle Everywhere bins in commercial properties.

We are working with Property Managers to access their property listings, perform site assessments, identify recycling challenges that can be addressed, make recommendations for solutions, and finally, help them decide at which sites to implement bins based on their collection needs.

Here are some tips

for how we help property managers create recycling efficiencies after they have their bins:
  • Pair waste and recycling bins side by side
  • Use clear bags
  • Add additional collection carts
  • Install signage
"Commercial properties can play a significant role in decreasing the amount of empty beverage containers that end up in Manitoba landfills. This program aligns with our sustainability mandate and the BOMA BEST environmental certification program. We will strongly encourage BOMA member firms to introduce Recycle Everywhere bins in every single office, institutional and retail building in their portfolios." - Tom Thiessen, Executive Director of Building Owners and Managers Association of Manitoba (BOMA).

Beyond the City

Since 2010, CBCRA has been providing seasonal recreational areas with public space bins. In 2015, we formed a partnership with Manitoba’s Provincial Parks to offer free single use recycling bags for campground patrons to use for consolidating their recyclable materials. In 2016 we worked with provincial parks to enhance the single-use bag offerings, and we piloted the recycling Bin Bag with a Park Proud communications strategy. The Park Proud pilot was such a success that we launched Beyond the City programming in 2017.

Beyond the City offered free clear recycling bags to overnight campers in all provincial, municipal, and private campgrounds in Manitoba. This program also offered Bin Bags to all cottagers and seasonal site holders in the province free of charge.

We identified a need for this program after encountering many private and municipal campground sites that had not previously offered recycling to patrons because of transportation and collection costs, limited access to disposal sites, and other barriers. The Beyond the City program has allowed CBCRA to offer infrastructure and support for campground and cottage patrons and owners.

We have been able to connect municipalities and collection service providers with campground owners and brainstorm effective solutions to begin recycling programs. Through these two initiatives, Recycle Everywhere is helping to keep Manitoba’s lakes and parks cleaner and greener over the busy summer months.

By the end of 2017, we were able to distribute 22,150 Bin Bags to seasonal campers and cottagers, and over 167,250 single-use bags to overnight campers over the summer months. CBCRA plans to continue this program in 2018 by providing these resources to federal, provincial, municipal, and private parks, campgrounds, RV parks, and cottage regions.

We have worked on these initiatives in partnerships with the following groups:
  • Province of Manitoba: Department of Sustainable Development – Parks
  • Manitoba Provincial Park Cottage Owners Association
  • Manitoba Association of Cottage Owners
  • Manitoba Association of Campgrounds and Parks
  • Individual cottage associations
  • (i.e. Whiteshell Cottage Association)
  • Municipal campgrounds and cottage developments
  • Federal campgrounds
  • Private cottages and campgrounds
Bin Bags were distributed to:
  • Individual cottages
  • Centralized locations such as grocery stores and gas stations
  • Annual General Meetings of cottage associations
  • Lake events
  • CBCRA distribution days
  • Campground offices


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.

Mini Bins

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.

Single-family Dwelling Bins

Building off the success of the Mini Bin program, CBCRA began another at-home bin pilot program in 2017, this time in Single-Family Dwellings (SFDs). The pilot was tested by distributing a total of 3,000 SFD bins in 17 community areas within Winnipeg.

The effectiveness of the bins was tested by performing a series of waste audits; one prior to the delivery of the bins, and one a month after. The results of these audits revealed that most of the neighbourhoods experienced an increase in the recovery rate of recyclables, especially beverage containers, with the greatest increase in recovery being in low-income neighbourhoods.

Following these positive results, 10,000 SFD bins were distributed to Point Douglas, and almost 5,000 SFD bins were delivered to six rural communities. As with the Mini Bin program, the Recycle Everywhere Street Team delivered the SFD bins within the Winnipeg area, and the rural communities were responsible for distributing the bins themselves after receiving their bins through a third-party distributor.

Solid Waste Action Team (SWAT) Toolkit

Starting or enhancing a waste management program is a big job, and this is especially true for many Northern and First Nations communities that don’t have existing recycling infrastructure. In 2016, we created the Solid Waste Action Team Toolkit to address this problem. The toolkit helps Northern and First Nations communities assess their needs, guides them through the planning process, and provides an overview of how to implement a waste management program specific to their community and location.

We helped to roll out this initiative during the Manitoba First Nations Sustainable Waste Management & Recycling Workshop in January of 2017. All 63 First Nations communities were invited to send representatives to attend.

Northern Schools Backhaul Pilot Project

We partnered with Arctic Beverages, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), Cascades, and the Frontier School Division to ensure schools in the North are able to have their recyclable material sent to a Material Recovery Facility.

The first material pickups began in December 2017 in Norway House and Cross Lake schools. We are continually providing additional clear recycling bags and wheeled carts for consolidation and storage of the materials.

The toolkit allows participants to:
  • Share best practices on how to organize and manage waste streams, facilities, and recyclable/re-usable materials.
  • Meet representatives of Manitoba’s Producer Responsibility Organizations (PRO) and learn about each program in a “hands-on” experiential manner.
  • Tour a site to see best practices in action, the process for collecting, storing, and transporting various materials.
  • Understand the registration process for each PRO program.
  • Learn about other funding programs.
  • This project was done in conjunction with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, Manitoba Sustainable Development, and Green Action Centre.

Northern and First Nations Community Clean-up

CBCRA and its Recycle Everywhere program, along with Multi-Material Stewardship Manitoba (MMSM) were proud to hold the seventh annual Northern Community Clean-up in 2017.

A number of communities registered and were provided with supplies, including a Recycle Everywhere bin, participant t-shirts, gloves, bags to collect waste and recycling, and a scale to weigh the material. Each community had to hold their clean-up before June 30 and after the amount of recycled material was calculated, Cranberry Portage came out on top.

As the winner, Cranberry Portage received Recycle Everywhere bins for all single-family dwellings in the community. A celebratory barbecue was held on September 21, 2017 with over 200 community members, community council, clean-up volunteers, students, and representatives from Recycle Everywhere and MMSM in attendance.

The Northern Clean-up initiative was developed in 2010 to increase recycling awareness and combat litter after a long winter in Northern Manitoba and on Manitoba’s First Nations communities. All material collected from the Clean-up was transported to the closest Material Recovery Facility to be processed.

We are partnered with 92 per cent of schools, which represents nearly 98 per cent of students in the province. Many schools are ordering additional bins to increase their beverage container recycling efforts, and we have been performing maintenance wherever it’s needed.

To ensure that the Recycle Everywhere program remains relevant with the large number of schools who have implemented our RE101 program, we are continuing to follow up with schools through multiple programs, including contests, presentations, and outreach.

Here are some of the ways we engaged with students and schools this year:

Report Card Challenge

The goal of the Report Card Challenge is to check in with our school partners on a yearly basis to make sure their RE101 programs are still on track. With so many schools already partnered with us, we have shifted the program focus from outreach to maintenance and engagement. This allows us to increase recovery rates by the implementation of best practices through our existing Recycle Everywhere bins.

For our Report Card Challenge in 2017, schools were asked to complete a quiz about recycling best practices, bin pairing, and recycling habits at their school in order to enter the contest. Over 175 schools participated, and the winning school was awarded six Chromebooks. The winner was selected at random, and we’d like to congratulate Neepawa Area Collegiate Institute for being our 2017 winner.

Free Throw Challenge

The Free Throw Challenge was a contest designed to engage high school students in a new way. The Recycle Everywhere Street Team visited high schools around Winnipeg and the surrounding areas with a specially marked Recycle Everywhere bin that included an attached basketball hoop. Over the lunch hour, the Street Team spoke with students about the importance of recycling their empty beverage containers, and invited them to participate by throwing an aluminum can, plastic bottle, carton, or juice box into the hoop of the specially marked Recycle Everywhere bin.

Once a student successfully landed a beverage container in the bin, they were given a ballot for the first place prize and an instant prize. The first place prize was a $1,000 gift certificate to Woodcock Cycle Works, and the instant prizes were individual $50 gift certificates to Polo Park Mall. The first place prize to Woodcock Cycle Works was awarded to a student from St. James Collegiate.

The Free Throw Challenge wrapped up at the end of May 2017. There were 18 high schools that participated in the contest, which allowed us to directly reach almost 600 high school students and influence many others in Winnipeg and the surrounding area.