What do you do with an unwanted, old recycling bin after it has been phased out?
If you live in Winnipeg, you donate it to be reused by a city food bank to deliver emergency hampers, store food and help people grow vegetables, the Winnipeg Free Press reported.
The city recently partnered with Winnipeg Harvest to help residents recycle the blue boxes after a city-wide changeover from manual garbage and recycling collection to automated carts, the newspaper said.
City officials told the newspaper there are an estimated 500,000 blue boxes throughout the city.
The blue boxes are less bulky than the current containers Winnipeg Harvest uses to collect items at community events. They will also be used to expand the organization's blue box gardening program, helping children and families in need grow various produce.
"We're always amazed by the generosity of Winnipeggers," Donald Benham, director of hunger and poverty awareness for Winnipeg Harvest, told the newspaper. "This is something people are giving to us out of the goodness of their heart. It's just one more thing we'll be able to put to good use."