CleanScapes, one of the city of Seattle’s waste collection providers, has announced its 2011 Neighborhood Waste Reduction Competition winner. And it’s US!
Our collection area, Tuesday North (which also includes parts of Roosevelt, Bryant and Wedgwood) has won $50,000 towards a community improvement project to be built in 2012.
From the press release:
Between September 1, 2010 and August 31, 2011 the residents of these neighborhoods decreased their waste by 400 tons, a 4.7% improvement over the same period the previous year. The runner up was CleanScapes Tuesday South collection area (Queen Anne and Magnolia) with a reduction of 325 tons.
Every year CleanScapes challenges neighborhoods in the municipalities it serves to reduce their waste footprint in this annual competition. Working together, Seattle neighborhoods in CleanScapes service area lost a total of 1,226 tons in 2011: an impressive waste reduction accomplishment and a huge step toward the City of Seattle’s 2020 Carbon Neutrality and Zero Waste goals.
Congratulations, everyone! We made less waste, together.
Now, how do we spend our spoils?
Starting today [October 28, 2011] through January 31, 2012, all Seattle residents are invited to submit a project proposal for the $50,000 reward. To be eligible for consideration, projects have to meet four basic criteria: the project is a capital improvement, located in the winning neighborhood collection area, easily accessible by the public and the total cost of the project does not exceed $50,000.
That’s right: Anyone in Seattle may submit a proposal for a project to be built within the Tuesday North neighborhoods. But the proposals will be reviewed and a winner chosen by a volunteer committee representing community councils in the Tuesday North collection area.
Project proposal criteria and a proposal form can be downloaded here. Proposals are due by January 31, 2012.
Last year’s inaugural winner of the CleanScapes Neighborhood Waste Reduction Competition in Seattle was a Thursday collection area that included portions of Montlake, Madison Park, Madison Valley, Capitol Hill, First Hill and Yesler Terrace. The winning proposal built a new playground in Washington Park.