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Alberta Canada Campuses Compete In Recycling Contest

By GreenCompany | October 3, 2009

Alberta Canada Campuses Compete In Recycling Contest

In Alberta a Back to School contest is seeing students from across the province compete to see who can recycle the most empty beverage containers in order to win a trip for 21 students to the world-class ski resort at Lake Louise. The fierce competition is seeing students even organizing themselves into recycling parties, and groups are also going door-to-door with the aim to collect the most recyclable beverage containers. If their campuses and dorms are anything like ours were – there are plenty of empty bottles around!

The Alberta Beverage Container Recycling Corporation which is a provincially incorporated not for profit corporation is also making available a draw prize of an Apple MacBook – and which busy cash-strapped student couldn’t use that! The contest was officially launched on August 31, 2009. The Alberta Beverage Container Recycling Corporation works as an agent for the beverage manufacturers in order to operate and maintain a common collection system.


Students from across Alberta seem to be getting right into the heated contest. Grant MacEwan student Adam Tien said of the contest, “People from my residence I don’t even know are dropping bags full of empties off to my room. Most Sundays I can barely move in my room, as it’s full of bags of recyclable empties. Everyone in res really wants to win this ski trip.”

Alberta Beverage Container Recycling Corporation President Guy West said, “We’re thrilled by the reaction and response we’ve received so far, from students from campuses across Alberta. Research has always suggested that a difference can only be made when everyone takes responsibility and works together to increase beverage container recycling.”

Provincially schools from Northern Alberta are beating out campus schools from Southern Alberta. There is about three weeks left in the contest so it’s not too late to get started and have your shot at winning the grand prize. Hopefully more than those taking part see the advantage and need to recycle materials like empty beverage containers. With so many recyclable materials not being recycled and instead ending up in landfills, programs like this one are needed to spur not only interest but awareness.

You can learn more about the Back to School contest and see the current leaders by visiting www.dontbeatosser.com

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