That’s a wrap! WasteBusters 2018
Got Trash? We all do. But, what to do about it is up to you.
In March 2018, we had almost 200 Clark County residents participate in the annual WasteBusters Challenge. They pledged to fight litter, replace plastic, or waste no food for three weeks. Eight participants won prizes from solar phone chargers to a $100 gift card for an excursion on the Portland Spirit.
This annual waste reduction challenge is hosted on an interactive blog where community members can find resources, share ideas, and earn points to win prizes! Whether it’s a simple action like recycling right or using a reusable bag, every step towards less waste is a step towards a healthier environment and community.
Interested in participating? Sign up for our reminder list, and we’ll let you know when the next challenge is about to start! The pledges are different each year to keep you improving year after year.
Explore the vast resources on this website for more information on recycling, waste reduction, food waste, composting, and more!
A waste audit is a great way to see what you throw away and identify areas to work at reducing your waste.
The 2018 pledges
Keep a litter bag in your vehicle and never litter
Litter’s not just that fast-food cup Missy Jane threw out her window. It’s also the apple core little Adam dropped along the sidewalk, the scrap of paper that flew out of Annie’s window, or the branches falling out of Charlie-Jo’s uncovered truck bed. Litter— even something biodegradable— poses a threat to wildlife and public health. It’s your responsibility to dispose of your trash in a proper manner and help clean it up where possible.
Replace a common plastic material in your lifestyle with alternative solutions
Plastic is a big problem because it doesn’t decompose in the environment, which threatens wildlife health all the way up the food chain to us. A lot of plastic is not recyclable, especially common plastics like straws, take-out containers, and candy wrappers. Plastics don’t last as long as other materials like glass and metal and wood. There is also a concern about health factors involving plastics such as lead, BPA, and other chemicals that can leach out of some plastics, especially when heated. Additionally, plastics are derived from petroleum, a non-renewable resource with its own environmental impacts.
Plastic is all around us, and the best way to fight it is to stop consuming plastic materials and support more sustainable, environment-friendly alternatives like sustainably-sourced glass, paper, metal, wood, bamboo, reusable fabrics, and more. Identify a plastic you commonly use in your life and replace it with a plastic-free alternative.
Do not throw away or compost ANY edible food
It sounds a little ridiculous doesn’t it? Who would throw away good food? It’s a waste of money and resources. But many people throw away food or let food go bad because they do not properly store it or they don’t think it’s good to eat anymore. Here are some steps you can take to ensure that you’re not letting any edible food go to waste: Food Too Good to Waste