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Greenwood/Crown Hill wins Waste Management’s Recycling Challenge

Greenwood and Crown Hill are the winners of Waste Management’s “Think Green Recycling Challenge.” The six-month campaign challenged 10 neighborhoods to recycle more and reduce waste.

The “Wednesday North neighborhood (Crown Hill/Greenwood)” was the grand prize winner for reducing the overall amount of garbage sent to the landfill. The $40,000 prize will be donated to the non-profit(s) of the neighborhood’s choice. The Phinney Neighborhood Association is the partnering organization for the challenge; they’ll spearhead the effort to decide where the money goes.

Tuesday North (Ballard), Wednesday South (South Park/Georgetown/Delridge), and Friday North (Wallingford/Green Lake) earned $3,300 each to donate to a local non-profit of their choice.

Each of the ten communities has something to be proud of: the average increase in diversion rate –the amount of material kept out of the landfill — increased 1% across all competing neighborhoods, and collectively the neighborhoods composted and recycled over 3,000 tons more than the previous year!

A celebration for the four winning neighborhoods will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 13, at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building.