WasteBusters is an annual waste reduction competition for individuals in Clark County hosted by the Green Neighbors program. Folks are encouraged to sign up, commit to reducing waste and foster sustainable habits for the 21-day challenge. The challenge provides opportunities to attend virtual events, complete weekly challenges, and answer prompts to share ideas with the community!
WasteBusters Mailing List
The 2023 WasteBusters Challenge runs March 1–March 21. This year's pledges are:
- FOOD WASTE
I pledge to reduce food waste by eating all apples, bananas, and leafy greens that I buy during the challenge.
Apples, bananas, and leafy greens are commonly purchased and yet are among the top wasted foods. To make sure every item on your grocery list is eaten during the challenge, plan your meals before shopping, and make sure to properly store your produce at home.
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE
I pledge to thoroughly read the label on each household cleaning product I use during the challenge to reinforce my understanding of health and safety risks and proper usage.
Household cleaning product labels have instructions that specify the appropriate quantity to use for cleaning. By reading the label, you may find that you can reduce the amount of product you use and still clean effectively. You may also learn a thing or two about the potential health and safety risks of using cleaning products.
I pledge to reduce single-use plastic waste by not using cling wrap and sandwich bags during the challenge and replacing them with reusable options.
Single-use plastics like cling wrap and sandwich bags support a throwaway culture and are a significant source of waste that ends up in the landfill. Use durable options such as bees wax wrap and reusable food storage bags, containers and stretchy lids to reduce single-use plastics.
We'll host a kick-off event in late February to share about the challenge and hear from a speaker.
How it Works:
Once registration is open, sign up for the WasteBusters Challenge, space is limited! You will receive a reminder email when it is time to kick-off the challenge. We're excited to present the challenge in a new app-based platform. You can earn points by attending virtual events, completing weekly challenges and answering prompts. Participants who earn over a certain number of points are entered into a drawing for the grand prize.
2022 Wrap Up:
A total of 101 participants pledged to reduce waste in the 2022 challenge. Weekly challenges encouraged participants to make a meal out of existing ingredients at home, conducting a food waste audit and prioritize seasonal/local foods for purchase or consumption. All of that waste reduction can add up.
REDUCE MEAT INTAKE (38 Pledges)
I pledge to reduce my meat intake by one day per week.
REFRIGERATOR REFRESH (25 Pledges)
I pledge to organize and rotate food in my refrigerator to prioritize consuming food before it expires.
STICK TO THE SHOPPING LIST (38 Pledges)
I pledge to plan and stick to my shopping list during grocery shopping.