The Northwest Redwater Partnership (NWR) recently gave out $10,000 to local projects.
After raising $500,000 by recycling waste at the Sturgeon Refinery, the company is using the money to help community groups in Sturgeon County and the surrounding area. One of their projects is the Waste into Worth Challenge, where they chose to award money to local groups that turned waste into something of value.
The first place project received $3,000, the runner up $2,000, the two honourable mentions received $1,000 and the rest of the chosen projects were given $500 each.
"We got 17 applications and of those 17, we picked the top ten best ideas that were really creative and really did well in taking that something of waste and turning it into worth," said Vanessa Goodman, external relations manager at NWR.
The winning project was the Morinville Public Learning Farm, which was created by students at Morinville Public School. The idea of the project was to use wasted materials like thrown-out school lunches and shredded paper and create a self-sustainable chicken coop. The chickens would then lay eggs which would go towards the school's Food for Thought program.
"So taking that whole waste stream and turning it right into value for their students," added Goodman.
The runner up was Red Gold, which was created by students in Redwater School. The students plan to use lunch scraps and other organic materials as compost for their school's vegetable garden.
The two honourable mentions were the Frankenstein Project and Meaningful Making, created by schools Landing Trail and Lilian Schick, for using electronic waste for hands on learning in their science, technology, and engineering education.
The remaining six chosen projects were:
- Raised Garden Boxes – enhanced space for mobility challenged at Morinville Community Gardens
- Big Belly Compost Bins – receptacles for waste and organics at Cardiff Park
- Endless Opportunities Outdoor Spaces – enhanced outdoor space and play at Landing Trail School
- Food For Thought – food prep and composting program at the Sturgeon Learning Centre
- Grow Your Own – food production with an aeroponic food tower at Redwater School’s Wellness Hub
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – three-in-one bins for separating waste at Redwater School