2021 Student Video Contest: We Can Green Can!

Graphic of buildings on mountain with a green garbage bin in foreground

The District challenged students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 to make short videos showing that using the Green Can is an important habit to help keep food scraps out of the landfill.

Over 100 students registered to participate, and 35 videos made by individuals and groups were entered in the contest. Thank you to everyone who participated and sent in videos.

The videos were exceptionally creative and demonstrated that looking after the environment is important to West Vancouver students.

Entries were judged by members of Council, school district staff, and a team from Waste Control Services. Judging criteria included creativity, clarity of the message, and whether the students displayed an understanding of the theme.

This contest and prizes were sponsored by Waste Control Services.​​​​​​

Contest Entries

More on the Green Can program

If you’re looking for some more information on the Green Can program, check out the links below.

Fun Facts

  • in 2012, the Green Can program was introduced in West Vancouver
  • in 2015, Metro Vancouver banned food scraps and other organic material from the landfill
  • most West Vancouver residents (71%) are already using the Green Can program
  • household garbage in West Vancouver contains 14% food scraps, food-soiled paper, and other compostable material
  • when food scraps and compostable material end up in the landfill, they generate methane, a potent greenhouse gas
  • plastic bags, even those labelled biodegradable or compostable, are not allowed in the Green Can
  • the Green Can is collected weekly where it is taken to a composting facility to be turned into nutrient-rich compost for gardens, farms, and landscaping
  • the Green Can Program helps save landfill space, reduce greenhouse gases, and create compost