Pollock's Hardware Co-op

Time to Recycle!

Here at Pollock's Hardware Co-op we often have enquires about recycling certain items like batteries and tires.  So I have put together a list of places that you can recycle such items.  I will update this article as I find more locations for recycling the odd items we use in and around our homes and businesses.  The seagulls at the landfill will thank us, no one likes licking batteries never mind trying to eat them ;) 

Don't forget at Pollock's Hardware Co-op we can supply you with extra Blue Bins (Regular size and Large) and Compost Bins.
Keeping the community green and clean!

Recycling Batteries and Cell Phones:

To find a drop off location near you visit call2recycle.ca/mbecocal   or call 1-888-224-9764 

Recycling your Tires:

To recycle or find products made locally from your tires visit www.tirestewardshipmb.ca or call 1-866-724-5002

Recycling Used Oli, Antifreeze, Filters and Containers:

For a recycle centre near you visit www.usedoilrecycling.com   or call 1-888-410-1440

Recycling Medications:

Visit www.medicationsreturn.ca for info or take it back to your nearest pharmacy.

Paint and other Household Hazardous Waste: 

You can safely dispose of it by taking it to the free household hazardous waste collection depot:

Miller Environmental Corporation
1803 Hekla Avenue  
Phone: 925-9615
Open from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month from October to March.
Open from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on the first and last Saturday of each month from April to September.

In addition, Green Manitoba offers an appointment system  to book a drop-off time for Wednesdays and Thursdays. For telephone bookings, call Miller Environmental at 925-9600.

Electronic Waste:

Visit http://greenmanitoba.ca/cim/dbf/depot_contact_info_jan_3_2012.pdf?im_id=481&si_id=1001 to find a variety of e-waste options.  

Useful Waste:

Do you have odd items you would like to recycle like ribbon, buttons, frames, or anything that you think might be useful in a crafty way?  Art's Junction is a great place to recycle such items if in demand.  Art's junction is is a community-based, charitable organization committed to redistributing reusable materials.  These materials would be used in community art organisations, by educators, students, and by local artists.  Visit there website to learn more about arts junction and recycling for art. http://www.artsjunktion.mb.ca/default.cfm 

If you are interested in dropping something off contact Arts Junction at 
Email: info@artsjunktion.mb.ca  or Phone: 942-JUNK (5865)
They will let you know  if your treasures are currently in demand!

Located at:
312 B William Ave.
(East Side, Loading Dock Entrance)
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
R3A 1P9

Plastic Bags:

Do you have a pile of plastic bags that go beyond reusing for doggy bags and you just want to get rid of them?  

Unfortunately they are are no good for the blue bins because when they reach the recycling plant with everything else they get caught in the conveyor belts and jam spinning wheels and can bring the entire sorting station to a halt. The bags then need to be found and removed by hand, a time consuming and often dangerous process that reduces the overall efficiency of the recycling station.

So I have been doing research to find out the best ways to get those plastic bags out of your life for once and for all!  But the catch to make this really work is once they are gone get your self a few reusable fabric grocery bags found in any and every major grocery store keep one in your purse or in your car and you will never have to face a pile of wasteful plastic bags again! 

So this is how you do it:

They say if you tightly bundle up your bags in a tight knot you can put them in the bin but its still best to do the drop off.

You can drop them off at specially-marked recycling bins at the front of most supermarkets.  

In addition, Winnipeg Harvest is calling on Winnipeggers to donate used grocery bags.

If you have any other questions about recycling...

Visit http://www.greenmanitoba.ca/cim/1001C7_1T1T19T778T3T123T21T1042T12T1194T13T1445.dhtm

Here you will find an A-Z index on all things you'll want to recycle/dispose of with in Manitoba!



Written by Allison Slessor — March 14, 2012

Volunteers needed to build sandbag dikes

Hundred of volunteers will be needed on Saturday and Sunday, April 16 and 17, to build a sandbag dike on Scotia Street. There’s a chance the water could get high enough to overflow the permanent clay dike just completed last fall, so this effort will be vital to protect many homes. Come on out to help your neighbours!

Volunteers are asked to call 311 to indicate their availability and receive further instructions on how to help.

The City is asking volunteers to call 311 before proceeding to any private properties where sandbagging activities may be taking place. By calling 311 first, volunteers will help ensure they are properly prepared and sent to high priority locations.

Out of town residents wishing to assist with dike-building in Winnipeg can call 1-877-311-4974, toll free.

Written by Mike Wolchock — April 14, 2011

The Community Blog

Do you have some important news to share with the community? Need to rally up people for an event or for support to do with the north end?  Let us help!! Just place your news below and post!! 

The Vinyl Cafe and Pollock's Hardware Co-op

 A letter by Rhian Brynjolson to Stuart McLean at the Vinyl Cafe on CBC Radio.  

In time I will find and post a link to listen to the show its self.  This way you can sit back and enjoy Stuart McLean tell the story of Pollock's Hardware!!! A great story and a great story teller...what could be better!!

"Pollock's Hardware"                         by Rhian Brynjolson from Winnipeg, MB  May 3, 08 

Last night we gathered together as many neighbours as we could fit into our local community centre, set up tables for a potluck and said goodbye to a community institution in Winnipeg's north end. 
Pollock Hardware has been in the neighbourhood for as long as any of us can remember. The original owner bequeathed it to his stockboy. The current owners tried hard to find a buyer, but the time has come for them to retire out to the cottage, so the doors are now closed.
We have all appreciated the variety of things we could find at Pollock Hardware. We live in an older neighbourhood with older houses that require ongoing repair. It feels like something always needs plumbing, patching, 
glazing, hanging, grouting, plastering, unlocking or fastening. In our neighbourhood renovation is thought of as a leisure activity. We work our way through kitchens, bathrooms, windows, hallways, living areas, decks, fences… and then start all over again. 
Pollocks always seemed to have what we needed. 
It is a mystery to me how all of that inventory fit into that store. 
And the staff all seemed to know what we were talking about when we asked vaguely for ‘the thing that fits inside the tap’. And not only that…but that they seemed to know exactly where to find it inside the store – even though no one had ordered the part since 1953.
If they didn’t have the part, they’d improvise one out of baling wire and charge you 14 cents. Once I was told “No, we don’t carry 
that, but I’ve got some in my basement at home I’m not using. I’ll bring it in for you tomorrow.” 
There were also, of course, the gagets. They had a wonderful stock of beautiful, practical, simple machines that don’t blink and beep. Machines that don’t require electricity and counter space. Friendly, low maintenance machines that sit quietly and obediently in bottom drawers until they’re needed.
We enjoyed the cider and cookies they served at Christmas. All of these things made Pollock Hardware feel more like a small town general store – or maybe even a community centre. It was common to stay and chat for a while, trying to postpone the renovation work waiting for at home.
So last night was difficult. It was a sad but special night last night. A number of people took turns thanking Wayne and Lois for their work; for helping to establish part of Main street as a business zone and improving the neighbourhood, for helping with the gardening projects at Luxton School.
Our local MP, Judy Wasylicia-Leis presented them with a letter from parliament. Sharon Corey, a local artist, presented them with a painting of the store. Everyone had pitched in to have the painting framed. There were hugs and toasts and a cake wishes for a happy retirement.
I'm still getting used to the boarded up windows and the padlock on the door. I don't know where I'm going to find the washers for the antique plumbing in my house. I'm going to miss the cider and cookies at Christmas. So I'm buying a share in the co-op that a group of people have started to try to keep the store open. More than 50 people showed up at the first meeting and we're hoping that the credit union will give us a mortgage. And that this story might have a happy ending yet… 

A Thank You from Pollock's Hardware Co-op

A special thank you to Rhian Brynjolson, Stuart McLean and the Vinyl Cafe from all of us at Pollock Hardware Co-op.
This letter and the story it made on the Vinyl Cafe brought forward many supporters and in turn many members in to the Community that Pollock's is a part of.  In turn it was a big helping hand in Pollock Hardware Co-op's great comeback!
A thank you goes out to all the members across Canada as well. 
You are just as important in the revitalization of Pollock Hardware Co-op!!
If you are not a member and would like to become a part of our co-op 
please follow the link below 
or come and see us!

We are located at
1407 Main Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada


Although our daily lives are busy I recommend kicking back for an hour 

in your favourite chair with a nice warm bevy and your little radio 

and tune the station to 

CBC Radio Two if it is a Saturday at 9:05 AM  

CBC Radio One if it is a Sunday at 12:05 PM 

CBC Radio One if it is a Tuesday at 11:05 AM 

Here you will discover many wonderful stories, music and 

you will fall in love with the great radio show 

The Vinyl Cafe


Written by Allie Slessor — November 29, 2011

Meet me at the Bell Tower

"We are a community united to be the change and STOP THE VIOLENCE.

Every Friday at 6pm at the North End Bell Tower.  Together we are ONE!"

See what is going on at http://www.facebook.com/northendbelltower. Every week has a new theme so follow the link to see what's been going on and to see this weeks theme!  Then come on down any or every Friday to show your love for the North End!  

Follow this link for even more info on Meet me at the Bell Tower as well as the AYO movement http://ayoantigang.tumblr.com/belltower!

Main Street Farmers Market

Local produce, crafters, jewelery, baked goods (yes, bannock) and even face painting! Come down to the market this summer and support the North End ♥


865 Main Street


Check out the facebook to see more!  http://www.facebook.com/events/420498444666865/

Welcome To Pollock's Hardware Co-op

Pollock's Hardware Co-op is one of Winnipeg's oldest and coolest hardware stores! Established in 1922 we are one of the few independent hardware stores to make it through the boom of big box stores. While thriving in the North End we are committed to staying true to our community, our members and Winnipeg. To add to that we partnered with Build and MGR and with that are now proud owners Winnipeg's first Social Enterprise Centre. The S.E.C. is making a huge impact on Winnipeg as it is promoting and providing space for many of Winnipeg's social enterprises. Pollock's Hardware Co-op is all about community, tradition, and staying true to the word of small independent businesses. Big box stores have nothing on the little hardware store that could! We now have a 3rd location in South Osborne as well! You would be amazed at how much product we squeezed in to that place! Like a mini version of our North End store you would think it was there forever! A must see! A big giant thank you to all our members, share holders, our awesome board and devoted employees.... we wouldn't be here with out you!

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