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Port Coquitlam Waste-Loss Challenge Contest

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The City of Port Coquitlam has selected the winners of the Waste-Loss Challenge Contest. The contest was part of the City’s Waste-Loss Challenge, which encourages residents to “watch their waste-line” and think closely about how they dispose of the unwanted material in their household. The contest ran Apr. 4 to May 23. Urban Impact (the City’s Recycling Provider) sponsored the top three prizes, Bag to Earth sponsored the supply of kitchen liner bags, and the Tri-City News sponsored some of the ads.
Urban Impact is very excited to congratulate the three Port Coquitlam households that won the newest iPad, an iPod Touch and dock, and a Sony Playstation 3. Each household will also receive a year’s supply of biodegradable kitchen liner bags.

Urban Impact CEO Nicole Stefenelli will present the three top-prize winners of the City of Port Coquitlam’s Waste-Loss Challenge contest at the grand opening of the Port Coquitlam Farmers Market on May 31, 3-7 p.m. in Leigh Square. The first 50 of the 60 contestants will also receive a one-month supply of biodegradable kitchen liner bags.

City of Port Coquitlam News release

“Some of the stories we received were really inspirational, and many of the contestants offered some great tips for reducing waste,” Acting Mayor Michael Wright said. “They set a terrific example for everyone in the community as we all work together to send less to the landfill.”

Port Coquitlam residents already divert 62-63 per cent of their waste away from the landfill and save tens of thousands of dollars each year in disposal fees. The stories and tips received through the Waste-Loss Challenge contest will be used to help push that diversion rate to at least 70 per cent, the regional goal for Metro Vancouver.

The winners of the new iPad are the Hoeglers, who started making full use of their green and blue carts in earnest after learning about the effect of global warming on polar bears. Their children also encourage schoolmates to bring home their food scraps to dispose of properly in the green cart. “My husband and I didn’t grow up with these practices so it takes a lot of effort, but it is becoming easier, and we know with our three children it will be second nature because they have done it all their life,” Ilana Hoegler wrote.

The iPod Touch and dock went to the Paskar family, who unfailingly use their blue cart for recyclables, two backyard composters for vegetable and fruit scraps, and their green cart for yard trimmings and all other food scraps and food-soiled papers. “Our weekly garbage is very little due to all of our recycling efforts, and we get such beautiful dirt from our composters,” Janis Paskar wrote.

Steven Enos and his wife won the Sony Playstation 3. With the future of their children and grandchildren in mind, the couple takes pains to separate their waste at home and take all electronics, bottles and glass to recycling depots. “These days it seems almost everything is disposable, from diapers to cameras and cell phones. In our day there somehow never seemed to be as much junk. That is why it is increasingly important that everyone get on board with these initiatives. They benefit the planet,” Enos wrote.