“Wastebuster” challenge ignites competition to reduce trash
Rachel Rivers, Environmental Services
Vancouver, WA – The average Clark County resident generates 8 pounds of solid waste every day.
Think you can do better? Clark County Environmental Services is looking for households to compete in the county’s waste reduction challenge. After two successful programs, Clark County will launch a third “Green Neighbors are Wastebusters” competition on March 8.
Wastebusters pits households against each other in a good-natured competition to reduce their overall volume of waste and encourage recycling and waste reduction in their communities. Winners will be chosen based on weekly weigh-ins over a six-week period.
The winning household in 2012 applied enough tips to reduce its waste by 72 percent.
“Families in past competitions really committed to reducing what goes into their trash each week,” said Don Benton, Environmental Services Director. “The competition is a fun way to bring home to people that their actions do make a difference and that they actually can help the environment by creatively reducing their contribution to our landfills.”
Participants are expected to attend an orientation, record weekly trash volume and submit updates about what they learn during the process. They will receive weekly instructions and challenges to promote waste reduction, reuse and recycling, as well as worm bins and other items to help reduce waste.
All Wastebusters will be honored at the end of the challenge. The household with the biggest average waste reduction will be awarded a prize and the title of “Top Wastebuster.”
Clark County’s competition will be tracked online. Information also will be posted online at: www.clark.wa.gov/recycle/wastebusters.html. County residents interested in the Wastebusters challenge should explain, in a couple of paragraphs, why they want to participate in the competition and submit it to: Rachel.Rivers@clark.wa.gov. Deadline is Feb. 28.