New Westminster named 2013 Green City Award finalist for leadership in promoting city recycling programs
New Westminster, BC – The City of New Westminster has been named a finalist in the Green City Awards, which recognizes leaders across North America that successfully communicate and promote city recycling programs and initiatives to residents. The award categories are divided into large, medium, and small cities based on population, with New Westminster falling into the latter.
What separates award nominees from finalists are creativity in delivering promotional campaigns and results achieved. Two initiatives that got New Westminster noticed were a student colouring contest that displayed winning recycling posters on the sides of city trucks and promotional grocery dividers displayed in local supermarkets.
“Our goal is to educate our residents and help them reduce their environmental impact through responsible recycling and waste management,” said Mayor Wayne Wright. “Being recognized through this award shows that our residents are listening and taking action.”
While the City of Beloit, Wisconsin, was named the winner in the small city category, New Westminster residents can be proud of their continued efforts.
“In 2012, New Westminster saw a 70% curbside recycling rate, a huge jump from just 28% in 2009,” says Kristian Davis, Supervisor of Solid Waste and Recycling. “Working with residents, we’re making great progress in reducing the amount of waste we produce.”
Contact: Kristian Davis
Supervisor, Solid Waste and Recycling