Manitoba launches task force to deal with construction waste diversion

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The Manitoba government, Winnipeg Metropolitan Region and the Manitoba Heavy Construction Association are launching a construction, renovation and demolition task force to find ways to divert waste materials from landfills.

“Construction, renovation and demolition waste is a major contributor to our landfills, so by diverting these materials through reuse and recycling, we help address the problem while protecting our environment,” said Environment and Climate Minister Kevin Klein.

“Diverting these materials from the waste stream leads to the better preservation of finite natural resources and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, in addition to generating new economic opportunities.”

In 2021, a review found that construction, renovation and demolition products are the second largest waste stream in Manitoba, representing an estimated 20 to 30 per cent of total waste.

“The construction industry has been recycling select materials from road or other projects, but there are numerous materials that could be recovered and reused from broader construction activities to promote resource management and environmental stewardship,” said Chris Lorenc, president and CEO, Manitoba Heavy Construction Association.

The benefits also align with the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region’s draft Plan 20-50, which will establish a regional approach supporting waste minimization, diversion and recycling.

“Building resiliency in our region is a key objective in Plan 20-50,” said Colleen Sklar, executive director, Winnipeg Metropolitan Region. “This starts with improved data sharing and good working relationships across all levels of government, which ensure sound decision-making and an environment of trust.”

The task force, which will include participation from the City of Winnipeg, Association of Manitoba Municipalities, Winnipeg Construction Association and the Manitoba Home Builders’ Association, will submit a report with recommendations to the Manitoba government in the fall.

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