Manitoba ponders ban on dangerous materials in landfills

The Manitoba government says it's in the process of determining what hazardous materials should be banned from entering the province's landfills.
Manitoba is pondering whether to ban some materials going into landfill. The province also launched a smartphone app that people can use to find a recycling depot. (Paul Kuehnel/York Daily Record/Sunday News/Associated Press)

The Manitoba government says it is looking at banning certain dangerous materials from landfills.

Conservation Minister Gord Mackintosh said Thursday that consultations on what those materials should be are already underway with stakeholders and will continue in the new year.

"With industry providing Manitobans more and more options to put dangerous waste materials to beneficial reuse, the next step is looking at what we should stop putting in our landfills," Mackintosh said in a news release.

"We know just one litre of oil can contaminate a million litres of fresh water, so some of the first things we will look at are dangerous materials like used oil, used antifreeze, lead-acid batteries and other automotive products like tires."

The province also launched a smartphone app and website on Thursday to help people find out where they can drop off recyclable waste, like electronics, batteries, paint, and other hazardous materials.

The Manitoba Recycling app is available free of charge.