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Exchange District BIZ rolls out recycling bins

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Just finished a cold pop under a hot summer sun and wondering where to recycle the plastic bottle?

Not to worry if you are in the Exchange District.

The Exchange District BIZ announced on Thursday that with the support of the Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association, it has placed 70 blue recycling bins on streets in the historic district.

Derek Manaigre, operations manager for the Exchange District BIZ, said the 70 bright blue bins have been placed next to the cube-shaped Take Pride Winnipeg garbage bins.

"People will now have options for garbage or recycling," Manaigre said.

"They are on the streets and also in Stephen Juba Park and Old Market Square. We’ll be emptying these recycling bins ourselves.

"We hope people will make the right choice."

Manaigre said several of the bins, which were provided by the CBCRA’s Recycle Everywhere program, have already had to be emptied even though they were only starting to be put out two days ago and there was no public announcement.

Brian Timmerman, the BIZ’s executive director, said the bins will be welcomed by not only pedestrians during the day, but when people go downtown to take in the numerous festivals in the area.

"The Fringe Festival alone brings 100,000 people into the area," Timmerman said.

"I’ve seen people walking around with a drink container, but not finding a recycling bin so they’ll either put it in a garbage bin or place it gently on the ground.

"Now they have a place to put them."

John Challinor, director of corporate affairs with Nestle Waters, a founder of the Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association, said Manitoba is leading the way when it comes to recycling beverage containers.

Challinor said the provincial government has a mandated target of recycling 75 per cent of beverage containers sold in Manitoba and the CBCRA has already helped go from 42 per cent of beverage containers recovered in 2010 to 53 per cent last year.

 

kevin.rollason@freepress.mb.ca

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