Waste Reduction & Recycling Support

The Waste Reduction and Recycling Support (WRARS) Program was established to improve Manitoba's waste diversion rate, encourage sustainable waste management practices and enhance municipal waste diversion activities. Beginning July 1, 2009, all solid waste disposed at Manitoba landfills is subject to a $10 per Tonne WRARS Levy. The Levy applies to all residential, industrial, commercial and institutional waste, construction, renovation and demolition waste and other solid waste materials.

The WRARS Levy functions as a disincentive to waste disposal by increasing waste disposal costs. The program rewards municipal recycling efforts through a revenue sharing formula. Municipal governments and businesses can reduce their waste bill by reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill and municipalities can increase their financial reward through enhanced recycling and waste diversion activities.

All WRARS Levy revenues are deposited in the WRARS Fund established under The Waste Reduction and Prevention Act. Eighty per cent of the revenues is rebated to municipalities to further promote recycling in Manitoba. The remaining twenty per cent is used to support provincial waste management program priorities of the Manitoba government.