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Can You Recycle Carpet?

The amount of waste that Manitobans send to landfills is above the national average of 730kg/capita. The ultimate goal is for Manitoba to be a zero waste society, with an initial plan to reduce our waste to 420kg/person each year by 2020. This is going to take a lot of work on our part, but it IS possible. In Sweden, for example, less than 1% of their waste ends up in landfills.

Swedish people produce about the same amount of waste per year as other Europeans but, remarkably, less than 1% of household trash ends up in landfills. This is in part due to the 32 waste-to-energy (WTE) plants that have been set up across the country. These plants incinerate over two million tons of trash annually—almost 50% of the waste produced by the country—and have been in operation for years.

We know we can recycle cans, bottles and electronics but did you also know you can recycle your old carpet?

One of the ABSOLUTE worst things you can throw in the trash is carpet. Not only does it take upwards of 50 years to decompose, it also accounts for four per cent of landfill waste (second only to disposable diapers). In fact, roughly 250 million pounds of tossed carpet can be found in Canada's landfills.

So what can you do with your old carpet? Well, if you've recently traded in your carpet for new hardwoods and the carpet is still in useable shape, consider donating it to places like your local MCC or Habitat For Humanity.

If it's not useable for whatever reason your carpet can be recycled in Winnipeg at one of the 4R Depots throughout the city or by calling your municipality to find a location to drop off your carpet nearest you.

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