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Too much garbage? Let the battle of the bins begin

UToday HomeFebruary 21, 2013

By Amy Glassman

Jasper Martin and other Sustainability Street Team members are working hard to recruit participants. Get your bins ready because these students won’t give up without a fight! Photo by Amy GlassmanJasper Martin and other Sustainability Street Team members are working hard to recruit participants. Get your bins ready because these students won’t give up without a fight! Photo by Amy GlassmanThe University of Calgary community is invited to participate in a month-long battle of waste minimization as part of the second annual Clean Bin Challenge.

From Feb. 27 to March 26, students, staff and faculty are invited to compete to see who can produce the least amount of waste and abstain from buying material goods.

Last year, participants discovered that even small everyday objects can produce a lot of waste and that changing small habits can make a huge difference.

“My bin contains some small things that I knew would end up there (e.g., dental floss, chewing gum) as well as some untimely larger items (e.g., two pens that ran out of ink this week),” blogged a 2012 participant.

The challenge kicks off Feb. 27in Earth Sciences, Room 162 with a screening of The Clean Bin Project, an award-winning documentary that follows two people as they compete to see who can live entirely waste-free for a year.

Attendees who are inspired by the film can sign up to compete against others to produce the least waste. Each contestant will be asked to collect any waste they produce while blogging about their experiences.

On March 26, NUTV and the Office of Sustainability will host a wrap-up event with a screening of No Impact Man. Competitors will weigh their trash totals, share their stories with the audience, and the winner will be awarded an eco-prize and bragging rights.

The university is currently participating in RecycleMania, a competition between universities across North America to reduce landfill waste. In the spirit of RecycleMania, the Clean Bin Challenge and a number of other initiatives are happening on campus.

Learn more about how you can get involved.

 

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