Manitobans continue to recycle more year over year, according to an annual litter audit by a national recycling centre.
The Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association’s annual audit found “a consistent decrease” in drink container litter on the streets of five Manitoba cities: Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Flin Flon and Steinbach.
“Manitobans are putting more effort into keeping their city streets clean, which includes thinking about where they place their beverage containers once they’re empty,” CBCRA executive director Ken Friesen said in a release. “With an increased focus on placing more Recycle Everywhere bins throughout the province and targeted promotional and education campaigns, CBCRA continues to support litter reduction in cities and communities in Manitoba.”
Winnipeg and Brandon had decreases of 74% and 87% respectively compared to 2010 baseline audits. Steinbach dropped by 69% compared to its 2013 baseline, and Thompson and Flin Flon dropped 36% and 32% respectively since their 2014 baseline.
The CBCRA said Manitoba’s beverage container recovery rate is also at an all-time high of 70% in 2016.
The CBCRA is a not-for-profit whose membership includes beverage brand owners and distributors and was founded in 2010. It operates the Recycle Everywhere program.
— Sun staff