November 13, 2006

Manitoba government, union workers join RBRC to expand Call2Recycle program

WINNIPEG, MAN-The Manitoba government and the Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union (MGEU) have embarked on a new partnership with the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) to expand the collection and recycling of rechargeable batteries and cellphones in provincial government facilities. Green Manitoba, an agency of the Manitoba government, will help implement the RBRC's well-known Call2Recycle program. Collection boxes will be set up at MGEU sites and in provincial government buildings throughout Manitoba to encourage all residents to recycle rechargeable batteries and cellphones. "This agreement between the province of Manitoba, our employees and the RBRC helps expand accessibility to the recycling of used rechargeable batteries and cellphones at workplaces throughout the province," said Science, Technology, Energy and Mines Minister Jim Rondeau. "MGEU is committed to building on its legacy of being a leader in the community and promoting environmental stewardship. It's what our members expect from us," said MGEU president Peter Olfert. The new recycling initiative was announced at the MGEU's recent biennial convention, attended by more than 400 union members from across the province. The event coincided with last month's Waste Reduction Week, during which the province also announced over $292,000 in funding for Waste Reduction and Pollution Prevention (WRAPP) projects throughout Manitoba.

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