Here are some highlights and updates from several of MMSM’s programs and educational campaigns in the last few months:
Northern & First Nations Community Clean-up
MMSM is proud to announce the 2017 Northern & First Nations Community Clean-up Winner, Cranberry Portage. MMSM staff recently traveled to the community to host a celebratory BBQ. Each household in Cranberry Portage will also receive a blue box.
2017 Bag up Manitoba Program
The Bag up Manitoba – Plastic Bag Challenge, officially closed on October 31 with 166 schools across the province, keeping 1,194,583 plastic bags out of the landfills! This fantastic program educates students about the reduction, reuse and recycling of plastic bags and diverts plastic bags from our landfills.
The plastic bags collected in the program are baled and shipped to Trex for recycling into composite decking material and other products. All participating schools received bird feeders created from recycled plastic and wood composite material. In addition, 14 benches were awarded to urban and rural schools via random draw. MMSM has partnered on this important initiative with Take Pride Winnipeg! Inc. for the past eight years. Since 2008, it has kept over 9.4 million plastic bags out of landfills.
Single-Family Dwelling Project
MMSM in partnership with the Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association launched a new project called the Single Family Dwelling Project, or the SFD Project. During the month of September and October, 10,000 small in home recycling bins were delivered to one of Winnipeg’s lowest recovery neighbourhoods. The bin will make recycling more convenient and more accessible for homeowners. Along with the bin, a recycling guide and magnet with information on what can and cannot be recycled was included. Waste audits will be conducted in the coming months to determine the success of the program.
Brandon’s Waste Reduction Challenge
For the sixth year in a row, MMSM was the title sponsor of Brandon’s Waste Reduction School Challenge, running from October 10-26, with 413 students across nine different Brandon School Division schools participating. Held each October during Sustainability Month, the three-week challenge sees students competing for points by participating in various waste reduction activities including making recycled art projects, cleaning the playground, or shutting off lights/computers when not needed. This year, students mentored other classes on recycling efforts and spread the word about recycling & composting via daily school announcements, posters and bulletin boards. Each participating classroom also participated in a field trip to the Eastview Landfill and created a pledge outlining what environmental action they as a class will carry out for the rest of the school year.