4R Winnipeg Depots

What is a 4R Winnipeg Depot?4rdepot_with_byline1

A 4R Winnipeg Depot:

  • is a place where residents can drop off material that they no longer have a use for, but could be recycled, reused, composted, or resold,
  • is larger and accepts more materials than the existing recycling depots.

The 4R Winnipeg Depots are located at 1777 Brady Road, 1120 Pacific Avenue and 429 Panet Road.

A fourth depot may be built, depending on residents’ needs

What are the benefits of the 4R Winnipeg Depots?

The 4R Winnipeg Depots:

  • are convenient “one stop shops” where residents can drop off materials that would otherwise be landfilled to be resold, recycled, composted, or reused,
  • provide residents with more options to reduce and recycle,
  • keep more garbage out of the landfill, which means less harmful landfill gas.

The list of accepted materials will continue to evolve and expand overtime as agreements with partner organizations are in place. We recommend that you check our list of acceptable materials before coming to the 4R Winnipeg Depot to ensure we keep as many materials out of the landfill as we can.


On June 23, 2010, City Council asked the Public Service to prepare a comprehensive waste management plan for the entire city to increase our waste diversion rate to 50% or more by reducing household garbage and significantly increasing household recycling.

On October 19, 2011, Council approved the Garbage and Recycling Master Plan. This plan included the construction of up to four community recycling centres. The recycling centres, called 4R Winnipeg Depots, will accept materials that can be diverted away from the landfill by being either resold, recycled, composted, or reused.

24 comments on “4R Winnipeg Depots
  1. Edward Thiessen says:

    Please keep me updated on further developments re 4R Winnipeg Depots

  2. Jaroslaw Rudnycky'j says:

    It’s great we’ll be seeing the waste equivalent of ‘one-stop shopping’ once the 4R depots are up and running. No trucking hazardous waste to Miller off Keewatin, eWaste to the various depots, yard waste to one part of Brady and bulky waste and debris to another.

  3. Dan Benoit says:

    Hi. Will there be other open houses. I only got the notice now and the event is tonight : ( Very short notice.

  4. B says:

    This is a great idea. The resources and energy in old consumer products should be incorporated into the production of new consumer items whenever possible. It’s stupid to just constantly dig up new resources in the countryside, haul them back into the city, and then process them into new consumer products, which will be thrown out again in a couple years.

  5. Kevin Miller says:

    4R Winnipeg Depots is a great idea.

  6. Jodi Winter says:

    This is just wonderful. I am so pleased to have more options for waste removal. Way to go city!

  7. Nicky Marotta says:

    Stop expecting people to turn in bottles & cans when you can’t even give them a nickel or dime like everywhere else in civilized North America.

    • admin says:

      Thank you for your comment Nicky.

      We currently have a levy system in Manitoba, which was implemented by the Provincial Government in 1995. Financial support of recycling programs in Manitoba is provided by levies paid by the producers of the products (Product Stewards). In Winnipeg, approximately 80% of our curbside recycling program is funded by product stewards through the Multi-Material Stewardship Manitoba. The remaining 20% is funded through the sale of recyclable materials. Since our program is funded by the producers of the products, the City of Winnipeg does not charge its residents for curbside recycling collection and processing.

      Other provinces, such as Saskatchewan and Alberta, use a deposit system. This allows residents to receive their deposit back when they return recyclable containers. While this encourages people to return recyclable containers, it costs more to administer than a levy system and limits the recyclable items to only those that have a deposit.

      Typically, cities that use a container deposit system either charge a monthly or yearly fee for curbside recycling collection, or do not provide the service at all. For example, the City of Regina only started curbside collection of recyclables on July 1, 2013, and they now charge all homes $91.25 per year for recycling. Similarly, Calgary started collecting recycling at homes in 2011, and has a mandatory user fee of $93.68 per year to cover the costs of their program.

      Although very costly, the deposit system does yield a very high capture rate of beverage containers (much higher than the levy system) as citizens take the time to collect containers and exchange them for a refund. In Manitoba, to increase the capture rate of beverage containers, the Product Stewards created an away-from-home recycling program (the Recycle Everywhere program) which allows for the collection of beverage containers in public places. This program is managed by the Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association and is funded by a two cent non-refundable Container Recycling Fee on all recyclable beverage containers. By augmenting curbside collection programs with this public space recycling initiative, the Product Stewards are optimistic that the capture rates of beverage containers in Manitoba can rival levels achieved by deposit systems operating in other jurisdictions.

  8. marc says:

    sorry I have better things to do on my weekends then drive out to a landfill or Depot and wait in a line up to drop off my garbage, not going to happen.

    • admin says:

      Thank you for your comment Marc.
      As part of our plan we are going to build additional 4R Winnipeg Depots in other locations in Winnipeg. These will not only further reduce the queues, but will also reduce the travel time for residents. It is expected that this will greatly increase convenience for residential customers.
      Also, the hours we are considering would allow you to go to a Depot seven days a week. To learn more about the Depots you can visit our Frequently Asked Questions:
      We also welcome your input on our short survey:

    • John says:

      It’s a badly needed program that should eliminate a lot of illegal dumping and greatly cut down on hazardous materials going into the landfills. If leaving a planet that isn’t a fouled wasteland to our children and grandchildren isn’t worth a bit of effort there’s something very wrong with the human species.

  9. Jennifer Lusk says:

    This is a great idea and I look forward to it being implemented. The bin for over-sized plastics is smart. I didn’t know what to do with my rain barrel when it cracked last summer. I tried to put it out for recycling but it didn’t get picked up.

  10. I have been told by more than one person that the recycling truck has been seen often dumping at the Brady landfill. Is this true and if so-why?

    • admin says:

      Thank you for your question, Jacki.

      There are a couple possible explanations for this:
      – The glass collected in our curbside program is crushed and then brought to Brady to be used as road base; and
      – Many items are placed in the blue recycling carts that are not recyclable (e.g., plastic bags, diapers, foil products) and contaminate the recycling process. These items are removed at the recycling facility and then hauled by a collection truck to Brady landfill for disposal.

  11. John Haines says:

    In reference to your explanation about recycling levies posted above, I have a question. If the producers are supposedly paying for the recycle program then why are retailers collecting an “enviro tax” on plastic soft drink containers, batteries, electronic equipment etc?
    It seems to me that your answer is somewhat misleading. On the one hand you are saying that the recycle program is paying for itself, by collecting fees from the producers and sale of recyclables, while the reality is that that consumers are being taxed to pay for recycling. As a taxpayer I feel like we’re being told its costing us nothing while the province is busy picking our pocket! I just think you should have pointed that out so there is no confusion as to who is doing what.

    Now please don’t get me wrong, I think your department is doing a very good job handling things, and anyone who pays attention to the issue knows just how daunting a task waste management can be,especially as the city continues to grow, but while the city of Winnipeg may not have its hands in the consumers pocket for recycling costs (yay!) the provincial government sure does, (boo!) and I’m not even sure that any of those tax dollars are even going to reycling! 😮

    • admin says:

      Hi John,

      I’m sorry you found our previous response misleading. That certainly was not our intent.

      The City of Winnipeg’s residential curbside recycling program receives funding from Multi-Materials Stewardship Manitoba (MMSM) to offset the costs of the program. MMSM charges a levy directly to the producers of the products that are accepted in the curbside program, not to the consumers.

      Manitoba’s away-from-home recycling program (Recycle Everywhere) is managed by the Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association (CBCRA), and is funded by the 2-cent Container Recycling Fee (CRF) that is often charged to consumers at retail outlets on beverage containers.

      Industry Stewardship Programs for items that aren’t accepted in curbside recycling programs (e.g., batteries, electronics, tires, used oil) are funded by the fees collected on the purchase of these items. Both Call to Recycle (battery recycling) and the Electronic Products Recycling Association (electronics recycling) will be key supporters in the 4R Depot Program. More information on Manitoba’s Industry Stewardship Programs can be found on Green Manitoba’s website: greenmanitoba.ca/pros/.

  12. joe says:

    I was wondering where the other locations of the depots are going to be in the furtue? Any of them going in the south end of the city?

    • admin says:

      Thank you for your question. The Garbage and Recycling Master Plan included the construction of up to four community recycling centres (4R Winnipeg Depots). We currently have plans for three 4R Winnipeg Depots: Brady Road (south location), Pacific Avenue (north location), and Panet Road (east location). Once these three depots are operational, we will evaluate the service to determine if a fourth location is still needed.

  13. Rebecca Burnell says:


    I desperately want to compost the compostables I currently send to the landfill (beyond yard clippings – food, household compostables) but I am not a gardener.

    1) Are there plans in the works to set up a City of Winnipeg compost depot (whether it will provide door to door collection or be on a “drop off only” basis) and if so, what stage are those plans in/when can we hope to see the launch of that service?

    2) Does the City of Winnipeg know of anywhere that accepts compost material donations?

    • admin says:

      Thanks for your inquiry Rebecca.

      1) We’re currently developing the Organics Diversion Strategy, which includes looking at the potential for curbside and drop off composting opportunities. If you’d like to stay informed on the development of the strategy and public engagement opportunities, you can subscribe to the Water and Waste News.

      2) The Compost Info-Line operated by the Green Action Centre might be able to assist. They can be reached by phone at 204 925 3777 or Toll Free: 1 866 394 8880

      • Rebecca Burnell says:

        Great! Thanks for the info; I’ll be sure to stay informed of the ongoing project, and I’ll call the info line for now.