RECYCLING AND WASTE
Solid Waste Collection Program
Green Box Program
Green Box Recycling Depot
Household Hazardous Waste
Waste Oil Recycling
Regional Landfill Site
The City of Portage la Prairie Operations Department has prepared
a Recycling and Waste Reduction Guide. The booklet provides a one-stop source of
information on recycling and solid waste issues. This guide is a
further step in the education process that began along with the "Waste
Matters" program in August of 1995. The City of Portage la Prairie
recognizes that, no matter how well planned waste reduction programs
are, success cannot be achieved without the knowledge and co-operation
of the general public.
In August of 1995, the City of Portage la Prairie began the "Waste
Matters" Program, whereby a partial user pay system of collecting
solid waste from the curb was established, along with a voluntary
curbside recycling program. In 1998, Bulk recycling began at apartment
complexes. These steps were taken to help us achieve our goal of 50%
residential waste reduction, as legislated by the Province of
Manitoba. The City of Portage la Prairie also offers a free Yard Waste
Collection for 4 weeks every spring and fall, plus offers a year round
drop off Yard Waste site.
To achieve waste reduction goals of this magnitude requires an effort
from every individual at home (and at work). A slight change in
lifestyle can have a profound effect upon the volume of refuse being
Look at the list of items that are recyclable and reusable within the
City of Portage la Prairie, and see how much material disposed each
year could be saved. In October of 2003, the Manitoba Product
Stewardship Corporation for the period of April 2002 to March 2003,
rated the City of Portage la Prairie an A for recycling 70.3 kg of
recyclables per person.
SOLID WASTE COLLECTION PROGRAM
Our residential collection crews work on a five day cycle, Monday to
Friday from 7:00 a.m. to approximately 4:30 p.m. Following statutory
holidays, our collection day moves ahead one day. Each household is
provided with a solid waste collection schedule that clearly outlines
your collection days.
SOLID WASTE COLLECTION TAGS
There is a
two-bag/can limit on the amount of solid waste that will be picked up
from the curb each collection day. Anything over that amount must
have a Solid Waste Collection Tag affixed. These tags can be
purchased from various retail outlets throughout the City, at the
Operations Department and City Hall.
There is a limit of four containers per household on the first
collection day after the Christmas Holiday on your regular scheduled
solid waste collection day.
If you use
a waste container, it must be not more than 100 litre (26 gallon)
capacity and must weigh not more than 25 kilograms (55 pounds). If
you use a plastic bag, maximum size shall be 66 centimetres by 91
centimetres (26 inches by 36 inches) and must weigh not more than 18
kilograms (40 pounds).
place on the curb bulky items such as appliances, furniture, auto
parts and large crates, not exceeding 45 kgs (100 pounds) in weight.
These items must be affixed with a waste collection tag, on your
regular solid waste collection day. Any bulk item larger than 45 kgs
(100 pounds) is to be disposed of by the owner.
encourage people to take tree trimmings to the Tree Disposal Site,
tree trimmings may be placed out for collection but must be bundled
and branches are to be no larger than 10 centimetres (4 inches) in diameter,
and no heavier
than 35 kilograms (75 pounds) in weight, and no longer than 4 feet.
Tree trimmings must be affixed with a waste collection tag.
committed to providing you with reliable solid waste collection
service. You can help by storing and packaging your solid waste
properly. Please follow these tips:
Do not place your solid waste out
for collection before 8:00 p.m. the day prior, but please have it out by
7:00 a.m. on collection day.
Place your solid waste as close as possible to the street in front
of your residence, but not on a sidewalk or in any location that
will interfere with vehicular or pedestrian traffic.
Securely wrap household wastes such as meat or vegetable waste
before placing it in a waste container.
Bulky items containing chlorofluorocarbons, such as Freon, must have
the substance removed by a certified tradesman and tagged prior to
Construction and demolition waste must be disposed at the Portage la
Prairie Regional Landfill Site.
Way to go
The City of Portage la Prairie has been
recognized again in 2009 for its commitment to recycling. Between April 1, 2008
and March 31, 2009, residents recycled 96.7 kg per person, again receiving an A+ rating
from the Manitoba Product Stewardship Corporation. This is an
increase from 84.6 kg per person during the previous year.
Congratulations Portage la Prairie, for doing your part in
protecting the environment!
For the complete report, click
GREEN BOX PROGRAM
COLLECTION OF RECYCLABLES
The City will provide curbside collection of recyclables to single,
and multiple family dwellings on your regular solid waste collection
day, on a bi-weekly basis. Recycling is voluntary, but encouraged.
Green boxes can be obtained at the City Operations Office at 495-11th Street N.W. All recyclables
must be placed in a green box.
First Time and Existing Recyclers are entitled to One Free Green Box,
with a Ten Dollar Refundable Deposit required on additional Green
Boxes, with a maximum of Four Green Boxes allowed per Single Family
This program is partially funded through the Manitoba Product
Stewardship Corporation (MPSC) and the eligible materials are
determined by the MPSC. Items that are currently accepted in the green
NEWSPAPERS - including flyers &
ALUMINIUM CONTAINERS - including
all rigid aluminum containers;
GLASS CONTAINERS - including all
liquor bottles and glass jars;
PET or #1 plastic CONTAINERS -
including soft drink bottles, some food product and personal care
HDPE or #2 plastic CONTAINERS -
including milk jugs, some food product and some personal care
LPDE #4 plastic CONTAINERS and
LIDS - including lids from containers normally used for margarine,
yogurt, and other food products;
PP or #5 plastic CONTAINERS -
including containers normally used for margarine, yogurt and other
#7 plastic CONTAINERS - including
bottles sometimes used for ketchup and other condiments;
STEEL CONTAINERS - including all
steel food/beverage cans;
MAGAZINES/CATALOGUES - including
glossy paper publications;
GABLE TOP BEVERAGE CARTONS -
including milk, milk product and juice cartons;
BOXBOARD - including all
paperboard boxes (e.g. cereal boxes, laundry detergent boxes, toy
boxes, shoe boxes, etc.);
BRICK STYLE (tetra-pak) BEVERAGE
Currently, the following materials
will not be accepted in the green boxes:
Polystyrene containers and
Pizza Boxes (accepted by
PDRI @ depot)
Bond Paper (accepted by
PDRI @ depot)
Please rinse and remove labels and
lids from all cans and bottles. Please rinse and collapse milk and
juice cartons. If you are unsure of the type of plastic, the number is
on the bottom of all plastic containers. Please collapse all cardboard
and boxboard boxes, and remove packing tape.
Place your green boxes as close as possible to the street but not on a
sidewalk or any location that will interfere with vehicular or
pedestrian traffic. Please place your green boxes out prior to 7:00
a.m. on collection day, but no earlier than 8:00 p.m. the day before
The City contracts with Portage & District Recycling Inc. who operate
a Recycling Depot at 700 Phillips Street. All items that are accepted
in the green box can be dropped off at the Depot 24 hours a day, 7
days per week, for more information you may call the Operations
Department at 239-8346.
The City of Portage la Prairie operates a Compost Site at the corner
of 4th Avenue N.W. and 15th Street N.W. The site accepts all yard and
garden waste (no tree trimmings). The site is open 24 hours per day, 7
days per week. Please remove your bags!
Each spring and fall the City provides a curbside yard waste pickup,
free of charge (no tree trimmings). Yard waste must be in clear bags
(not colored transparent bags) and specific dates are advertised. Each bag
must weigh not more than 18 kg. (40 lbs.).
Finished compost is available for use annually, when advertised.
TREE DISPOSAL SITE
A Tree Disposal Site is located behind the Water Pollution Control
Facility East of River Road (PR 240) where trees and tree trimmings
may be disposed. The site is open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
Follow the signs.
CHRISTMAS TREE DISPOSAL
provides a curbside Christmas tree collection program commencing in
January for a three week period on your regular solid waste
collection day. Dates will be advertised.
information on waste reduction, recycling and composting, please try
the following website:
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE AND ELECTRONIC
The City of Portage la Prairie hosts an annual Household Hazardous
Waste Day each fall, and the date will be advertised. Electronic
waste collection will also take place, with time and date to be
Portage la Prairie residents may dispose of waste oil at Portage
Portage la Prairie residents may deliver waste to the Portage la
Prairie Regional Landfill Site Located north east of the City.
Fees apply at the rate of $28.00 per tonne, with a minimum charge
of $5.00. All Loads are to be properly secured. Unsecured loads
are subject to a surcharge of $25.00.
*effective January 1, 2010, a
$10/tonne Manitoba Waste Reduction and Recycling Support Levy will
apply to some landfill transactions.
km North on PR 240 and 8 km East on PR 227 or
East on PH 26, North on RP 430, and West on PR 227.
Hours of Operation
Tuesday through Saturday - 10:00am to 6:00pm
Sundays, Mondays and Statutory Holidays - Closed
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REUSABLE/RECYCLABLE ITEM DIRECTORY
Thrift Shop will accept small appliances in good working
Gerrard Scrap Metal will accept used batteries.
Tire recycles RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES.
MCC Thrift Shop will accept used books.
The City Library will accept most donations of books in good
condition, with the exception of old encyclopedias, and textbooks more
than 2 years old.
They also accept used videos and audio books. Books are either sold
at the Library's ongoing book sale tables, or donated to the
Children's Hospital Book Mart.
The Portage Family Abuse
Prevention Centre will accept used children's and adult books.
Cartridges and Cell Phones
The Portage Collegiate Institute runs a recycling program for ink
cartridges and laserjet cartridges, as well as cell phones.
They have drop-off boxes in the school offices (65 3rd Street SW),
the Portage Credit union (19 Royal Road N), and the MTS/Mega store
(1810 Saskatchewan Ave W).
are accepted in your green box. Sears also accepts old
The MCC Thrift Shop, and the Portage
Family Abuse Prevention Centre accept gently used clothing.
Compost(No Tree Trimmings)
Yard and garden waste is accepted at the City Composting Facility.
Lionís Prairie Manor is interested in leftover materials for craft
programs. Donations that would be appreciated include wool, thread,
and fabric scraps and styrofoam balls.
Portage Vision Services and Portage Family Eye Care Inc. accept used
eyeglasses. These are then picked up by the Lions Club and donated to
those in need of them.
furniture can be donated to the MCC Thrift Shop.
ARC Industries and the MCC Thrift Shop accept old plastic grocery bags.
Household Hazardous Wastes
This waste should be disposed of at a Household Hazardous Waste Day.
This includes pesticides, paint, cleaning chemicals used motor oil,
Used magazines except Reader's Digest and weekly magazines may be
donated to the City Library or recycled in green boxes.
Brass, copper, stainless steel, lead, aluminum, and any other metal
will be accepted at Gerard Scrap Metal.
Oil, Filters & Oil Containers
& Distract Recycling operates a used oil-recycling depot at 700
Phillips Street N.W.; hours of Operation are 8:00am to 3:30pm, Monday
ARC Industries will accept
newspapers, greeting cards and flyers.
ARC Industries will accept good clean material for rags.
Used records and tapes are accepted at MCC Thrift Shop.
Portage & District Recycling Depot will accept used telephone books
for recycling, or in your green box at home.
Tires are accepted at the
Portage la Prairie Regional Landfill Site. The City is involved in a
Used toys may be donated to the MCC Thrift Shop, and
the Portage Family Abuse Prevention Centre.
DIRECTORY OF BUSINESSES NOTED ON THIS PAGE
1675 Saskatchewan Avenue W.
2445 Saskatchewan Avenue W.
City Composting Facility
4th Avenue N.E. & 15th Street N.W.
40-B Royal Road N.
Gerrard Scrap Metal
350-14th Street N.E.
Lions Prairie Manor
24-9th Street S.E.
MCC Thrift Shop
149 Saskatchewan Avenue E.
495 11th Street N.W.
Portage & District Recycling
700 Phillips Street
Portage Family Eye Care Inc.
61 Royal Road
Portage Vision Services
216 Prince Ave
Family Abuse Prevention Centre
131 Saskatchewan Avenue E.
If you know of any service or business that
should be listed in this guide, please contact the City of Portage la
Prairie Operations Department at 239-8346.