Recycling challenge kicks off

March 4, 2011

By Tim Pfarr

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Waste Management pits the east and west sides of city against each other

The gloves are off. Who will win? The Recycling Renegades on the east side of Coal Creek Parkway, or the Waste Less Warriors on the west side?

Waste Management has pitted the two halves of the city against each other for a five-month recycling competition, and it will award $5,000 to the team that recycles the most between through June 24. The competition kicked off Jan. 24.

The winner of Waste Manage-ment’s contest will get $5,000 for a community project. Contributed

The competition is the first of its kind, said Katie Salinas, public sector manager for Waste Management. Last year, the organization launched programs that rewarded individuals in cities such as Burien, Kirkland and Redmond for recycling, but it never rewarded entire communities.

“We’re always looking for ways to engage our customers with the same kind of recycling messages,” Salinas said. “At the end of the day, we thought that it would be something different and hopefully exciting for people.”

She said the idea for a competition in Newcastle came about during discussions with city officials, including Councilwoman Carol Simpson and City Manager Rob Wyman. It split the city in half based on its truck routes, and a Waste Management employee developed the team names.

Waste Management will appoint five residents from each side of the city to decide on how its winnings will be spent. The winners will work with at least one member of the City Council and Wyman to decide how to spend those winnings.

Newcastle residents and businesses recycled 925 tons of material in 2010, which saved about 2,614 metric tons of carbon dioxide from being discharged into the atmosphere, according to Waste Management.

Local residents and businesses also composted 1,189 tons of yard and food waste in 2010, saving 608 metric tons of carbon dioxide from being discharged.

Through recycling and composting, residents and businesses diverted 57 percent of its waste from landfills.

“Newcastle already does a really great job of recycling, and yet there is more to be done,” Wyman said in a news release. “The neighborhood challenge is an important opportunity to educate and energize even more people — especially new residents and children — about recycling.”

Waste Management collects garbage weekly and recycling biweekly in Newcastle. It also collects yard waste from subscribing customers. Go to www.thinkgreen.com/recycle-what for more information about what you can recycle.

On the web

Apply to be on the grant selection committee for your team at www.wmnorthwest.com/newcastle. If your team wins, you will get to help decide how to spend your winnings.

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One Response to “Recycling challenge kicks off”

  1. recycle on April 14th, 2011 11:27 pm

    Can you recycle just 3 single serve beverage containers a week? Join the challenge, blog about it and earn greenopolis.com points. Learn more from this video I found on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8r8W2oVMcY

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