In 2003 the Ecology Center hosted a contest in Berkeley called Cash for Trash, a fun and educational event in which volunteers audited the trash cans of participating residents, and the residents with trash cans most devoid of recyclable material won cash money prizes. The event, funded by StopWaste, awarded a total of $7500 in prize money. Now, StopWaste hosts a similar contest for Alameda County residents. Signing up for the contest automatically enters residents in a lottery for $15 gift cards, and the individual households or multifamily residences with the least amount of recyclables and compostables in their trash bins in their neighborhoods are eligible to win up to $500. Click here to learn more.
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