Who was the Biggest Waste Loser?
From January 14 to April 5, 2013, four Port Coquitlam households diverted as much as they could away from the landfill as part of the City's Waste-Loss Challenge contest.
In total, the four households diverted 84% of their household waste over the 12 weeks – a total of 1,100 pounds, or half a metric tonne. The winners were announced at the City Council meeting on April 22, Earth Day.
Contest ResultsCongratulations to the Hobenshields, a family of four who reduced their waste by 20.2% over the contest period and won an iPad.
The Hobenshields also received a one-night stay in a theme room at PoCo Inn and Suites for being named the most inspiring contestant in a vote by the public.
We also congratulate our other contestants:
- The Saggus, a family a four, reduced their waste by 19.5% and received an iPod Touch.
- The Hanans, a mom and daughter, achieved an 8% reduction and won a Kindle Reader.
- The Hubbards, already avid recyclers and composters, reduced their waste further by 6.9% and won a digital photo frame.
All contestants also received a year’s supply of compostable paper food scraps bags. All contest prizes were donated. Scroll down to see the contest sponsors.
Most Inspiring ContestantResidents were invited to vote for the most inspiring contestant from April 8 to 21 for a chance to win prizes. A total of 294 votes were cast, with the majority for the Hobenshields. Congratulations to:
- Amber Dodge, winner of an iPad Mini
- Silvia Stork, winner of a $200 gift card from Canadian Tire at Fremont Village
Watch the Contest Video (2 min, 20 sec)
Are You Watching Your Waste-line?
Port Coquitlam residents currently divert 63% of their waste away from the landfill. The City’s Waste-Loss Challenge and contest intend to push that diversion rate to at least 70%, the regional goal for Metro Vancouver.
In 2012, we collected 14,138 tonnes from our garbage, green and blue carts. Of that, 8,907 tonnes (63%) was diverted away from the landfill, saving thousands in disposal fees and enabling us to keep our garbage levy at the same rate for four years.
Even more savings would have been achieved with a 70% diversion rate, which would have kept another 990 tonnes (90 truckloads) out of the landfill.
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