SEATTLE, WA – (October 28, 2011) – Today CleanScapes announced that the Roosevelt, Ravenna, Bryant and Wedgwood neighborhoods won the 2011 Seattle Neighborhood Waste Reduction Rewards competition. The “Tuesday North” neighborhoods will receive a $50,000 project selected by the community and funded by CleanScapes.
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.
“This program is about making the connection between waste reduction and enhancing the communities we serve,” says CleanScapes president Chris Martin. “It is really important to us that representatives of the winning neighborhoods choose a project they feel would serve the most people and have the highest value for the $50,000 award.”
Starting today 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. The proposal form, reward project FAQ and project selection process information are available online at www.cleanscapes.com.
A volunteer committee representing community councils in the Tuesday North collection area will review and select the winning Neighborhood Waste Reduction Rewards project.
To learn more about the competition, view a map of participating neighborhoods and learn tips on how to reduce waste, visit http://www.cleanscapes.com. Residents with questions can request more information at EducationOutreach@cleanscapes.com.