Recycling in Cartwright-Roblin Municipality

With spring finally arriving and Earth Day right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to take a look at how we recycle in Cartwright-Roblin Municipality. To ensure that everyone knows what is and what is not recyclable and how to best go about it all, here is a refresher.

The following can all be placed loosely in your blue box or taken (unbagged) to the drop-off depots located at the Waste Transfer Station or at Cartwright (behind the Mac Robinson Community  Center), or at Mather (on the north side of the post office).

Plastic Food, Beverage, and Detergent Containers – to be recyclable these items must contain the recycling symbol with numbers 1, 2, 4, 5, or 7. The lids and caps must be removed and the containers must be emptied and rinsed. So, NO numbers 3 (CD cases or plastics that shatter), 6 (muffin or yogurt containers), 8, or 9.

Cartons (Milk, Juice, Tetra-Pak) – please rinse.

Aluminum or Metal Cans, Pie Plates, Foil – soda cans and tin cans ARE recyclable. Please rinse. Loose tin can lids and steel bottle caps can go in the blue box, too.

Paper products – corrugated cardboard must be flattened. Phone books and catalogues are recyclable as are newspapers, magazines, flyers, inserts, office paper, and gift & packing paper. Junk mail and envelopes (both with and without windows) as is single layer box board (such as cereal and tissue boxes). Shredded paper can be recycled, too, as long as it’s bagged in recyclable bags. Toilet paper rolls and paper towel rolls as well as paperback and hardback books can also be recycled.

Glass products – any rinsed glass jars or bottles can be recycled.

In addition to regular blue box recycling, Cartwright-Roblin Municipality also participates in other recycling programs. These items must be brought out to the Waste Transfer Station during operating hours and cannot be put out on the curb.


  • Paint Products – maximum container size is 25 litres
  • Paint Aerosols – maximum container size is 660 grams (or 24 ounces)
  • Corrosives – maximum container size is 10 litres or 660 grams (24 ounces) for aerosols
  • Flammable Liquids & gasoline – maximum container size is 10 litres. Max size for aerosols is 660 grams/24 ounces. Max container size for gasoline is 25 litres.
  • Pesticides & Toxics – maximum size for liquid or solid pesticides is 10 litres, max size for aerosols is 660 grams/24 ounces.
  • Light Bulbs - Unbroken CFLs (compact fluorescent lights) and fluorescent tubes (maximum length is 8ft).

Agricultural plastics – bale silage wrap, twine and grain bags can now be recycled. Follow these steps:

  • Shake to remove debris and keep as clean as possible
  • Roll grain bags and tie securely with twine (or use a grain bag roller)
  • Bag your bale or silage wrap and twine (collection bags available at the Municipal Office)
  • Bring these bagged agricultural plastics to the Waste Transfer Station during operating hours.

Electronics recycling – any old electronics you may have (from TVs to toasters) can be brought out to the Waste Transfer Station during operating hours and Public Works staff will direct you as to where they go.

Regular blue box recycling –  Wednesdays in Cartwright & Mather. Break down cardboard.

Drop-off depots located in Cartwright (behind Mac Robinson Community Center), in Mather (by the gas pumps, north side of post office) are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Preferably loose.

Waste Transfer Station Hours – Tuesdays from 9am until 2pm, Wednesdays (April 15 – Sept 30) from 6pm until 8pm, Saturdays from 9am until 2pm.

Semi-annual Yard Waste Cleanup – for Cartwright & Mather – occurs on 2nd Friday of May and October.