City of Winnipeg Survey on Recycling

November 17th, 2009 by Emma Durand-Wood

The City of Winnipeg has a survey open from November 16 to 30th, seeking feedback on the city’s blue box recycling program. When I first saw the news item about the survey and open houses, I had the impression that it was only looking for comments on the proposed automated bins. Happily, the survey asks much more, including:

  • How your household uses the blue box system
  • What you like and don’t like about it
  • How much you currently recycle
  • What would make you increase your recycling
  • What you think of the proposed bins (pictured) and whether you would use them
  • Whether you support other curbside recycling initiatives (composting/”household organic”)
  • Whether/how much you’d be willing to pay for household organic recycling

There are also several places where you can leave general comments about the system. I gladly took the opportunity to tell the city how much I appreciate our current system, and my suggestions for improving recycling for apartment dwellers, and of course, my thoughts on beverage container recycling. (Shoot! I forgot to mention how much I love that “garbage day” is now called “recycling day”!)

Take the survey here: and I’d love to hear your thoughts on recycling in Winnipeg by commenting on this post.

5 Responses to “City of Winnipeg Survey on Recycling”

  1. Mr. Nobody says:

    We don’t need a survey on garbage collection /recycling issues. We hire experts to determine what is required.

    We do need surveys on major issues. But hey, gotta keep peggers happy and feeling like they are making a contribution , or something

  2. cherenkov says:

    Only one comment so far .. I guess we really aren’t very passionate about recycling.

    I took the survey. For the question “what would you do if your recycling bin disappeared” I answered “steal yours”. 🙂

    In general I recycle as much as a can, but we really could do a better job. For instance I saw on TV (so it must be true!) that we don’t actually recycle glass. It is just crushed and taken to the land fill. Anyhow … keep being green, and don’t steal my bin!

  3. Michelle says:

    Am sorry I missed this. I would like to express my opinion about my downtown apartment building’s refusal to provide recycling period. This shouldn’t be optional for management companies, it should be a city requirement.

  4. Emma says:

    @Michelle – I completely agree; it should be a requirement for apartment buildings to provide recycling to their tenants. I think it should be mandatory for restaurants and other places that serve alcohol, too — I can’t believe in this day and age, people just throw away glass, plastic, and aluminium. It blows my mind.

  5. Mr.Nobody says:

    I am more concerned with what the local garage is sweeping and squeegeeing down the drain. Chemicals are difficult to get rid of. They are basically dumped in the most convenient location.

    Glass, plastic, aluminum, steel, ok, its a problem but at least we know the location they end up.

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