National Waste Reduction Month Highlighted by Brandon’s Waste Reduction School Challenge

October 22, 2015



Brandon, MB – Nearly 400 Brandon School Division students are challenging each other to be better environmental stewards during the 5th Annual Brandon Waste Reduction School Challenge currently underway in Brandon during National Waste Reduction Month.

This year, the Brandon Waste Reduction School Challenge runs October 13th through to October 29th, with a total of 19 classrooms from eight different Brandon School Divisions schools participating. Over the course of the three-week challenge, students are engaged in waste reduction activities and visual learning in the classroom. Each classroom also makes a class pledge about what environmental action they can do within their school throughout the remainder of the school year.

"During the challenge, students get to see up close the recyclable and compostable material they produce as consumers and they also get to tour the Eastview Landfill to see what happens to consumer waste," says City of Brandon Environmental Initiatives Coordinator Lindsay Hargreaves. "Through the years, we’ve seen the Waste Reduction School Challenge kick-start a number of environmental stewardship initiatives within Brandon schools, including the creation of Green teams or clubs, organics collection, composting of worms, or recycling of batteries and markers. The challenge is a fun and engaging learning opportunity, not just for students, but for parents and teachers, too."

Schools with classrooms participating in this year’s challenge are King George, Meadows, Linden Lanes, Green Acres, Riverview, Kirkcaldy Heights, Valleyview, and Earl Oxford Schools. Two classes will be crowned winners at the end of the challenge, receiving not only bragging rights and a photo with Mayor Rick Chrest, but also passes to Brandon’s Community Sportsplex and a bench made out of recycled plastic for their school. All student participants will also receive environmentally-themed prizes.

The program has grown very popular since its launched in 2011, and has also become a learning model which is shared with other communities across Canada. Brandon’s annual Waste Reduction School Challenge is made possible, in part, thanks to generous funding provided by Multi-Material Stewardship Manitoba (MMSM).