Residents of several U-District neighborhoods reduced their waste by 400 tons last year — and their reward is $50,000.
CleanScapes, which collects garbage, recycling, and food and yard waste for commercial customers in northeast and central Seattle, has been hosting an annual waste reduction competition among collection areas since 2009. Between September 2010 and August 2011, the residents in the “Tuesday North” pickup area, which is comprised of the Ravenna, Roosevelt, Bryant, and Wedgwood neighborhoods, made a 4.7 percent reduction in their waste, according to CleanScapes. The competition led to an overall loss of 1,226 tons of waste within Seattle in 2011.
The $50,000 prize the company gives out is intended for community projects. The neighborhoods will be pursuing three projects: a new tool-lending library in association with Sustainable NE Seattle, additions to the Picardo Farms P-Patch, and neighborhood identification signs designed by students and residents.
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