Green Neighbors Program

The Clark County Green Neighbors Program was developed and is maintained by Clark County Solid Waste and Environmental Outreach to assist citizens with developing more sustainable lifestyles and building a strong environmental community in Clark County. Solid waste regional planning and programs are a cooperative effort of Battle Ground, Camas, Clark County, La Center, Ridgefield, Vancouver, Washougal, and Yacolt. Funding for this project provided by a grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology.

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WasteBusters Challenge

The 2020 WasteBusters Challenge ran from Febuary 28 through March 18. Check back on this page in 2021 for information about the next WasteBusters challenge. 

WasteBusters is an annual waste-reduction competition for organizations and individuals in Clark County hosted by the Green Neighbors program. Families, friends and organizations are encouraged to form groups or sign up as individuals, committing to reduce waste and foster sustainable habits for the 20-day challenge. 

How it Works:

Once registration is open, sign up for the WasteBusters Challenge and get ready by inviting friends and creating groups to team up for the challenge. You will receive a reminder email when it is time to kickoff the challenge. After the challange begins, watch for posts from the WasteBusters team page on the Challenge Dashboard. Throughout the challenge, you will be prompted on how to reduce waste and earn points.The WasteBusters site has its own social media platform where you can respond to the prompts, interact with the communuity and learn about waste reduction. You can earn points by attending 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. 

 

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2020 Wrap Up:

There were 144 individual participants and 10 groups in the 2020 competition; each one took a pledge to reduce their waste in a specific way.  Weekly challenges saw participants perform home waste audits, create food scrap recipes and practice creative reuse. All of that waste reduction adds up.

PAPERLESS KITCHEN (60 Pledges)

I pledge to reduce paper waste in the kitchen by switching from single-use paper towels and paper napkins to cloth alternatives for 20 days. 

WASTE-FREE LUNCH (37 Pledges)

I pledge to reduce plastic packaging waste by bringing a waste- free lunch to work or school three days a week or more for 20 days.

ELIMINATE FOOD SPOILAGE (47 Pledges)

I pledge to reduce food waste by not allowing any food I purchase to spoil or be thrown away for 20 days.

  

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