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How to Sort Your Waste at UWinnipeg


UW waste bin backboard

See below for additional information on how to sort your waste on campus.


Please take time to separate your waste. At UWinnipeg we are able to compost industrially and this means is that we can happily take more than just food waste in our compost stream.

We can take all organic materials, which include meat, egg shells, all food leftovers, plant materials, pizza boxes, paper towels and tissues, and all on-campus take-out materials including all food containers, cups, lids, ad straws.

To learn more: please access the Compost Winnipeg Guide here, or download your own copy here.


In Winnipeg, there are lots of materials in which we can recycle. Please see below for a list of these materials:

  • Plastic (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7)
  • Aluminum and Steel
  • Cardboard and Boxboard
  • Cartons
  • Glass (no broken glass)
  • Paper

Please look and follow the number in the recycling triangle on your container, only numbers within the list above can be recycled in Winnipeg. 

To learn more: please access the Recycle Everywhere Recyclepedia hereor download your own copy, here.


In Winnipeg, we can not recycle soft plastics, plastics without a code, plastic number 6, or black plastics. These include most coffee cups from off-campus, such as Starbucks, Tim Hortons, and McDonalds hot cups.

We also are not able to recycle tin foil, drink and food pouches, broken glass, and paper towels. 

For a larger list, please visit our page on what materials must go to the landfill here at UW.

Additional Recycling Programs:

Please see our Alternative Recycling page about more information related to the following programs: 

  • Battery Recycling
  • Writing Utensil Recycling
  • Toner, Cartridge, and Light Bulb Recycling
  • E-Waste Recycling 
  • Reusable Furniture/Used-Office Supplies
  • Mask Recycling
  • Glove Recycling
  • Winnipeg 4R Depots