The results are in for the Waste Management Think Green Recycling Challenge. The last two months of the contest had neighborhoods shifting around in the rankings, including the Friday North route (Wallingford) which slipped to second place as of the end of February.
As you can see by the final results, the competition was intense.
With an increase in diversion of 0.92%, Friday South – Rainier Beach – will receive $50,000 for a community improvement project of their choice. Friday North came in fourth.
According to Waste Management Education and Outreach Coordinator Kristin Kinder, “Rainier Beach Community Club, our community partner representing Friday South, really embraced this competition and has succeeded with much effort and enthusiasm. They engaged many of the members in their richly diverse community. Their spirit and creative approach even resulted in a Saturday morning recycling flashmob. We are excited to recognize them for their relentless efforts!”
Overall, the Seattle neighborhoods involved in the Recycling Challenge increased their diversion rate by .4% compared to a year ago, primarily due to decreased garbage and increased food/yard waste collection. Together those neighborhoods composted 880 more tons of waste during the past six months than the same months in 2010-11.
Wallingford was actually one of the top two routes for overall waste diversion for the six months of the contest. However, the Recycling Challenge was structured to reward the neighborhood that increased its waste diversion the most as compared to last year.
Congratulations go out to Rainier Beach and the Rainier Beach Community Club on a green job well done. And thanks to all of you in Friday North for making the extra effort to keep our recycling numbers high every month of every year. Keep it up!