Face-off to divert organic waste begins on Earth Day
Winnipeg, Manitoba, April 18, 2016 — The inaugural Compost Winnipeg Downtown Challenge begins this Friday in celebration of Earth Day, and concludes on May 7, the final day of International Compost Awareness Week. The two-week Challenge, hosted by Green Action Centre’s new social enterprise, is a friendly waste-reduction competition for businesses and organizations in the downtown area.
By the end of the Challenge, Compost Winnipeg’s goal is to reach 15,000 pounds of organic waste diverted from the landfill since their start-up in August. “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Earth Day and International Compost Awareness Week,” says Compost Winnipeg’s Project Manager Kelly Kuryk. “I am a compost enthusiast and I wanted to do something to put composting in a positive light.”
Vanessa Stachiw, owner of Little Sister Coffee Maker in Osborne Village, shares Kuryk’s enthusiasm for composting. “Many of our staff compost at home, including myself, so it makes sense to apply my personal principles to my business. I would say that composting is an important part of being a responsible citizen in my community.” As an existing client of Compost Winnipeg, Little Sister Coffee Maker is automatically registered for the Challenge.
Other offices in the downtown area can participate by registering online for $50, which covers the cost of two weekly organic waste collections by Compost Winnipeg. Educational materials, bins, and setup are all provided free of charge. The Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC), well-known for its Fair Trade Manitoba program, decided to register for the Challenge last week.
"We may be small, but all those Fair Trade coffee grounds might just put us in the running for Heavy Weight Champion!" says MCIC Executive Director Janice Hamilton, referring to the prize which will be awarded to the location that collects the most organic waste by weight.
“I’d like to see us enter for the Most Enthusiastic Team,” says Jessa West, Office Administrator at iQmetrix. Staff at this office have diverted more than 500 kilograms of organic waste from the landfill since they signed up for Compost Winnipeg’s weekly collection service in August.
All Challenge registrants will be entered into a draw for the grand prize: an Eco-Everything Deluxe Gardening Package. Teams can also submit a nomination for someone at their office who deserves the Best Compost Champion award.
With 15 locations already registered, the Compost Winnipeg Downtown Challenge could get heated. “We’ve had a number of registrants challenge other businesses to compost for this event,” says Kuryk. “We’re looking forward to inciting some friendly composting competition through it.”
Registration for the Challenge will be accepted online at compostwinnipeg.ca until 4:00pm on April 22, 2016.