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    What Are Your Zero Waste Ideas?

    Let’s reduce and eliminate garbage. Tell us your idea to be entered to win a prize!

    Vancouver is one of the greenest cities in the world, and as Vancouverites we take pride and responsibility in reducing waste.

    Together, we are building a zero waste community by 2040 with an ambitious Zero Waste Strategy. A zero waste community involves reducing and utlimately eliminating waste through our lifestyle choices and behaviors, business practices, community stewardship, and innovations in public policy and recycling and recovery programs. The Zero Waste Strategy will address four main areas of our lives that impact how much garbage we produce: food, products, buildings and waste management.

    Show your love for Vancouver by sharing your zero waste ideas with us. Ideas can range from innovative policies and programs to business solutions, education campaigns and community activities.

    Here are some ideas to inspire you:

    1. Food: supporting local food production and connecting grocery stores to food banks to donate unused, but edible food

    2. Products: using re-usable bags, supporting the sharing economy, and refurbishing old furniture, appliances and electronics for re-use

    3. Buildings: deconstruct rather than demolish a building so that a building's wood frame, roof and windows are re-used or re-manufactured.

    4. Waste management: removing the garbage bin and replacing it with all recycling and compost bins.

    Residents, groups and businesses join the movement.

    Thank you for building a Zero Waste Vancouver!

    While the City works to divert garbage from landfill and incinerator through our recycling, composting and recovery programs, all residents and businesses can play a role in a zero waste Vancouver by joining the zero waste movement, sharing your zero waste ideas, and participating in the Zero Waste Strategy! By sharing your zero waste ideas, you are helping our neighbourhoods, businesses and natural environment remain green, vibrant and thriving. 

    Entries into the contest must be entered between 12 pm on Wednesday July 6, 2016 and 11:59 p.m. on Friday, November 4, 2016 through the following method: 

    – tweeting your zero waste idea or a photo or video taken by you explaining your zero waste idea on Twitter, Instagram and tagging it with #zerowaste2040

    Photos must be appropriate for posting on a public government website. Photos that contain obscene, provocative, defamatory, sexually explicit, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content will not be considered. The City of Vancouver will determine, in its sole discretion, what constitutes such content during the moderation stage of submission.

    The City of Vancouver reserves the right to remove or replace any files that compromise the security of our Twitter account, Instagram account, City of Vancouver website, and other City information technology systems, or are otherwise malignant.

    Prizes will be awarded by random draw. Prizes include:

    • VanDusen Garden free tickets
    • Vancouver Recreation Centre 3 month flexipass that gives you access to 21 fitness centres, 9 indoor and 4 outdoor pools and 8 ice rinks
    • Vancouver Recreation Centre free day passes
    • 3 Gift Certificates to Zero Waste Market ($30 value)
    • 2 Grouse Mountain free adult passes

    Prizes have been generously donated by the following organizations: Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, Zero Waste Market and Patagonia.

    Only one prize will be awarded per person. The prize must be accepted as awarded, are non-transferable, and cannot be redeemed for cash.

    If you are an employee of the City or its related agencies, you are not eligible to win.

    If you are under 18 years old, make sure to have parent/guardian consent to enter.

    By entering this contest, you give the City of Vancouver permission to reshare your photo with credit through our social media channels.

    Privacy: your personal information will be used for the sole purpose of entering this contest, will be deleted after we pick a winner and will not be sold or shared with third-parties. Your personal information is collected, pursuant to section 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, solely for the purpose of administering this contest. It will be destroyed upon the determination of a contest winner. Learn more about the privacy policy.