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Recycling Program in Manitoba Expands to Include New Products

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WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Oct. 25, 2012) - Product Care Association's household hazardous waste program is expanding to include flammable liquids and waste gasoline, pesticides, toxics, corrosives, and physically hazardous materials like non-refillable fuel gas cylinders.

Phase one of the Manitoba HHW program was first introduced by Product Care Association last spring, and provided Manitobans with an environmentally responsible recycling option for household paint and residential-use fluorescent tubes and bulbs. With the expansion of phase two, the program now includes products like pesticides, waste gasoline, paint thinner, rust remover and camping fuel cylinders.

"We are really impressed by all the Manitobans who have done their part in returning their leftover paint and burnt out fluorescent lights to date," said Gord Mackintosh, Minister of Conservation and Water Stewardship. "With the expanded HHW program, Manitobans will be able to recycle even more, ensuring that leftover household hazardous waste is kept out of our landfills."

The Product Care HHW program is one of 13 industry-managed recycling programs currently operating across Manitoba to recycle everything from beverage containers, tires and used motor oil, to batteries and medications. Since the introduction of the Product Care program Manitobans have access to over 60 depots to properly dispose of leftover paint and burnt out fluorescent lights.

"Our goal is to increase the number of full-service collection sites in the province," said Mark Kurschner, president of Product Care Association. "Until the program is fully expanded, we will continue to provide Manitobans with one day collection events for household hazardous waste."

Like other recycling programs in Manitoba, this program is funded by an Environmental Handling Fee (EHF), applied to the sale of new products to cover the cost of collection, transportation, recycling, and proper disposal of products previously destined for the landfill. The EHF will apply to phase two products starting November 1, 2012 to support the launch and operations of the expanded program. The fees range from one cent for domestic pesticides (less than 10 millilitres or grams) up to $1.50 for household paint (5.01 to 23 litres) and $2.40 for domestic pesticides (1.8 to 10 litres or kilograms).

For more information, or to find a collection site near you, please visit www.productcare.org/MB.

About Product Care Association

Product Care is a non-profit industry association that manages product stewardship programs for household hazardous and special waste on behalf of its members across Canada.

Product Care programs help protect the environment by diverting leftover and end of life products from landfills, waterways, and sewers. Product Care provides consumers with a collection system network for the products it manages. The collected products are then reused or recycled where possible. Visit www.productcare.org for more details.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Spokesperson Available:
Dave Ediger
Manitoba Program Coordinator


Product Care Association
Melissa Pelto
Communications Manager
604.592.2972 ext. 222

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