Be a better recycler

Recycling is an easy way to keep items out of the landfill and helps reduce the impacts of climate change.

Knowing where to put your items is an important first step of being a good recycler. Watch our video below or search for your item on the Recyclepedia to see what goes where.

What goes where

The next step to being a better recycler is to learn about the items you recycle and how to prepare them for your cart. Watch our video and use our tips to become a better recycler:

Be a better recycler

  • Toss recyclables into your cart separate from each other
  • Do not stuff items into other items or into bags
  • Flatten cardboard boxes instead of throwing them in as is
  • Empty and rinse food and beverage containers before placing them into your recycling cart
  • Squeeze the middle of plastic bottles to help keep them on the conveyor belts
  • Separate the different materials of mixed material items.
    • For example, remove the steel cap off of a glass bottle before you toss both items in your cart.
  • Check the symbols on items:
    • Mobius Loop symbol 

      A Mobius Loop shows that the item is can be recycled. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean that we accept it in our program. Use the Recyclepedia to see if your item can be recycled in Winnipeg.

    • Green dot symbol 

      This symbol is the Green Dot. The Green Dot does not mean an item is recyclable. Instead it shows that the product maker gives a financial contribution toward the recovery and recycling of packaging.

    • Corrosive hazardous waste symbols 


      Explosive hazardous waste symbols 


      Poison hazardous waste symbols 


      Flammablehazardous waste symbols 


      Items with the symbols above are not accepted in our blue cart recycling program. It is dangerous to toss them in your cart, so please take them to your closest 4R Winnipeg Depot.

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