we partnered with dedicated municipalities, communities and businesses across the province. These collaborations helped us get our message to as many Manitobans as possible.
We continue to work closely with IC&I organizations who are some of our largest key partners. Through our work with these organizations and sectors, we attend events, conferences and trade shows, and have extended our free bin program to the following sectors:
Outside of attending events, we send out email communication including best practices, tips for recycling and free bin offers to help these sectors efficiently recycle their empty beverage containers.
We have bins at 144 gas stations in Manitoba, which is a significant step towards having Recycle Everywhere bins at every gas bar in the province. We currently implement the program through collaboration with several gas station franchises and independently owned sites, endeavouring to find solutions for limited spaces.
This partnership could divert approximately 10 million beverage containers from our landfills on an annual basis. An audit conducted by CBCRA showed that between 45 and 72 per cent of gas station waste can be diverted from landfills, with beverage containers making up 7 per cent of that waste.
Through our consultation service, we continue to work with Property Managers, building tenants, building cleaning staff, and collection service providers to identify how recycling can be added or enhanced in commercial and office buildings. Each site presents unique challenges to recycling, and we are working together to come up with innovative solutions.
This year we expanded the Bin Bag initiative to include more than just campgrounds and cottage areas, so that more Manitobans had the ability to recycle while on the go. During various events we handed bin bags directly to people, plus we had distribution sites at stores and municipal offices to increase accessibility.
As in the past, we continued to distribute clear recycling bags through campground offices, but our goal in 2018 was to encourage more people to take and use the re-usable Bin Bags. As a result, we handed out fewer clear recycling bags and we expect to continue that trend as more people take and use a Bin Bag.
For a second year, Recycle Everywhere, with the support of the General Council of Winnipeg Community Centres (GCWCC), approached Winnipeg community centres with adjacent city splash pads or wading pools to gain interest in participating in a recycling project that would help advance recycling in the city of Winnipeg’s public spaces.
The centres enthusiastically agreed to help with this project. We recognize, appreciate and thank our volunteers and staff for their spirit and generous nature in the call to action. Recycle Everywhere is proud to be a partner with all the Winnipeg community centres and happy to have provided hundreds of free recycling bins to the centres over the years. The program has been a positive influence not only in the centres, but also for the entire community.
With the success of CBCRA programming in provincial parks, and the drastic increase in recovered recyclable materials, we recognized a need for additional storage for materials and enhanced signage. As part of a pilot project, CBCRA proposed enhancements in certain provincial park regions for two summer seasons. A review of the findings will allow us to better support the provincial park waste management system, logistics, and operations to increase efficiencies and diversion from landfills.
CBCRA continued to work with the park regions to bridge the knowledge gaps and provide feedback to assist with creating an efficient recycling program. We continued to distribute free reusable recycling Bin Bags and single-use recycling bags to cottagers and seasonal campers throughout the year.
We were pleased to continue our partnership with universities and colleges throughout the province. We continue our outreach to postsecondary schools and conduct followups to ensure best practices are being used. We provided a total of 58 bins to post-secondary schools in 2018 and we also participated in a number of on-campus events to encourage good recycling behaviours among students and staff.
Last year we conducted a pilot study that showed there was an increase in the recovery of beverage containers and other recyclable materials in households that were provided with the free bins.
To foster growth in this area, more than 16,000 Recycle Everywhere bins were delivered to every single-family dwelling (SFD) household in Brandon, Manitoba. We distributed bins to downtown Winnipeg SFD’s, as well over 35,000 SFD bins were delivered to 20 communities outside of Winnipeg. This effort was to help make in-home beverage container recycling more convenient.
In 2018, we continued our Mini Bin program to increase beverage container recycling in Manitoba’s Multi-Family Dwellings (MFDs), such as apartment buildings and condos.
We delivered 7,919 Mini Bins to MFD residences across Manitoba. Of that number, 1,915 were distributed outside of Winnipeg. Providing bins to MFDs has proven to be an effective and cost-efficient method of increasing our collection rates, and we will continue to improve on this program so we reach as many MFD’s as possible.
Approximately 70 per cent of beverages are consumed at home, and dwellings like apartments, condos, and townhouses make up one of our biggest opportunities 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.
With over 100,000 Mini Bins placed throughout the province since the program began, we continue to work with existing partners to assess the need for more bins, accounting for tenant turnover or new acquisitions. We also did follow-up to ensure that damaged bins were repaired or replaced. To help support our efforts, we began our Mini Bin Maintenance Program in 2018.
The Mini Bin Maintenance Program is key to ensuring the longevity of our program and sustaining high-level function to collect as many empty beverage containers as we can.
In 2018, we continued our efforts to work with the provincial government to increase efficiency and collect as many empty beverage containers as possible.
SWAT is a regular meeting between producer responsibility organizations (PROs) and government, where we update each other about our products, new projects, and discuss potential collaborations in the North. It was through these meetings that we were able to develop the SWAT Toolkit.
The SWAT Toolkit was developed to help northern and First Nations communities begin their own waste management programs. Starting or expanding one of these programs can be a difficult task, and this toolkit helps these groups assess their needs, guides them through planning, and provides an overview of how to implement a beverage container recycling program to meet their communities’ unique needs.
After the success of our pilot project last year, we continued our partnership 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 MRF.
D.R Hamilton School in Cross Lake and the Helen Betty Osborne Ininiw Education Resource Centre in Norway House continued their involvement and ensured their collected materials were back-hauled through regularly scheduled pick-ups with Arctic Beverages directly.
In the fall we sent out applications to other schools in communities along the Arctic Beverages route. Three new schools were accepted into the project:
NNOC used their investment fund to purchase materials to build a storage shed for recyclables. We worked with them to plan and send the proper number of bins they require for optimal collection.
Chief Sam Cook Mahmuwee Education Centre and Oscar Blackburn School are assessing their needs, and we will continue to work with them.
Congratulations were in order for Bloodvein First Nation, as they were the winner of this year’s competition. We partnered with Multi-Material Stewardship Manitoba (MMSM) to provide them with informational signs outlining the do’s and don’ts for bins at their Recycling and Waste pick up locations.
A celebratory BBQ was held with over 200 volunteers, students, and community council members present, and CBCRA and MMSM staff were there to commend and celebrate the community and their accomplishment.
CBCRA and MMSM, along with the Keewatin Tribal Council (KTC) and Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) have formed a three-year joint partnership to improve waste management for northern communities.
Bunibonibee First Nation (BCN) was identified as the first community to focus on. BCN developed plans and sought funding from ISC to build a new landfill and a recycling centre in the community. KTC and ISC are working with CBCRA and MMSM to implement a recycling program in the community which includes household recyclables and beverage containers.
To keep the Recycle Everywhere program relevant to the large number of schools who have implemented our RE101 program, we continued to follow up through multiple programs, including contests, presentations, and outreach.
Over the course of 2018, we completed a total of 54 presentations in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Portage la Prairie, Steinbach, and more.
Continuing with the success of the RE101 Ambassador Program piloted in 2015, this year the program was offered to grade four classrooms in Thompson, Manitoba. In total, 143 students from Burntwood School, Deerwood School, Westwood School, and Juniper School participated, and were rewarded with pizza parties when they completed their educational activity booklets, which they received along with Mini Bins to track their beverage container recycling over the course of a month.
The Free Throw Challenge was designed to engage students in a fun way to learn about recycling; we reached over 700 students in the fall of 2018.
The Street Team visited high schools in Winnipeg and surrounding area with a unique Recycle Everywhere bin. Students learned about the importance of beverage container recycling and were given the chance to ‘shoot to win’ by successfully landing a beverage container in the bin. They were given a ballot to enter to win a grand prize of $1,000 with Woodcock Cycle Works, as well as be eligible for instant prizes of a Polo Park Mall gift card. The goal in all of these events and activities is to engage and educate students about the importance of recycling and what new products can be made from these materials, and how this all contributes to a circular economy.