4R Depots – Acceptable materials

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The Brady 4R Winnipeg Depot location has two distinct drop-off areas:

  • Recycling and Reuse
  • Garbage

All other 4R Winnipeg Depot locations will accept materials for recycling and reuse only.

Recycling and Reuse – free drop off 

The following items will be accepted at all the depots:
  • yard waste
  • recyclables (items that are accepted in the curbside recycling blue cart program)
  • rubble (e.g., brick, concrete)
  • ceramic tiles and other ceramics/porcelain (e.g., toilets)
  • tree wood waste (e.g., stumps, logs, branches larger than one metre long)
  • clean (not treated or painted) timber, lumber and wood (e.g., mill ends, pallets)
  • scrap metal and major appliances
  • oversized rigid plastic (e.g., buckets, patio furniture)
  • bicycles

We are also working with the Producer Responsibility Organizations to accept the following materials at the 4R Depots:

  • electronic waste
  • consumer batteries
  • lead acid batteries
  • tires
  • household hazardous wastes
  • motor oil, filters, containers

This list may grow or change where markets are identified or when agreements with Producer Responsibility Organizations are in place.


Available at the Brady 4R Winnipeg Depot location only, for a fee based on the weight of the load.

This area:
  • contains drop-off bins for materials that can’t be recycled, composted, resold or reused (i.e., garbage), and
  • has scales to measure the weight of garbage for disposal. 

Who can use the 4R Winnipeg Depots?

The 4R Winnipeg Depots are for residential use only. Acceptable vehicles/attachments include:

  • cars, trucks and vans,
  • single axle utility trailers.

All other vehicles will not be admitted to the depots and must use the main landfill entrance at the Brady Road Resource Management Facility. Tipping fees will apply to the entire load.


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8 comments on “4R Depots – Acceptable materials
  1. Will people be able to take materials away from this area? For example remove bicycles to reuse the parts? What about removing of furniture items? I think if it truly is to divert materials from the landfill then people who are resourceful need to be allowed to give these materials a second life.

    • admin says:

      Thank you for your suggestion. We appreciate the feedback.

      The 4R Winnipeg Depots are designed as a drop-off location only. We will have protocols in place to accept and manage materials, and for the following reasons, customers will not be allowed to remove materials:

      • first and foremost, customer safety (the drop-off bins are designed solely for off-loading materials, and would be dangerous to scavenge in them),
      • agreements with Producer Responsibility Organizations and other material processors,
      • violation of the City’s Solid Waste By-law requirements, and
      • obligation to ensure confidentiality (i.e., risk of identity theft with electronic materials).

      There are two Giveaway Weekends every year, where residents can give reusable unwanted items a new home and keep them out of the landfill, much like your suggestion. More information is on our web page at http://winnipeg.ca/waterandwaste/recycle/giveawayWeekend.stm

  2. Kelly says:


    How will you get rid of items that are dropped off at 4R that have some value? ie bikes? ie furniture?



    • admin says:

      Thank you for your comment. Materials will be recycled, reused, or resold when we have agreements with partner organizations in place.

      Bikes that are dropped off will be used by The Winnipeg Repair Education and Cycling Hub (The WRENCH) to run programs for bike repair education and distributed to community bike shops for repair and reuse. We are currently working on a partnership to divert furniture from the landfill, however it may not be in place for the opening of the Brady depot.

  3. Al C says:

    I have some ceramic tile attached to partial sheets of plywood. Is this recyclable?

    • admin says:

      Hi Al,

      Much like recycling at home, each material needs to be separated before recycling.

      If you can remove the ceramic tiles from the plywood, you can put them in the ceramics bin at the depot. Otherwise, these will need to go in the garbage.

  4. Jay says:

    Are VHS/VCR tapes accepted at the depot for recycling? Thanks

    • admin says:

      Hi Jay,

      Unfortunately we cannot recycle VHS tapes. If they are in good condition, consider donating them. Otherwise, you can throw these out with your regular garbage.