Amanda Taylor

Compost battle has been won

And the winner of Campbell River's compost challenge is...

And the winner is…the Revoy family!

The young family of four won the city’s Compost Challenge, which saw six Campbell River families document their trials and tribulations in being the top composter.

With the help of compost diva Elaine Jansen, the families embarked on a reality TV, 30-day compost journey between July 1 and Aug. 22.

Each family received an iPad to record their progress.

“The six families have done a great job of showing how easy it was to push through their composting barriers and bust can’t-do-compost myths,” says Amanda Taylor, compost challenge co-ordinator for the City of Campbell River.

“They really are community compost leaders, and their stories will inspire other Campbell River residents to start composting.”

At the end of the day, James and Cathy Revoy, along with daughters Jessica and Kate-Lynn, were selected by a panel of five judges as the winner of a $500 gift certificate to a grocery store of its choice.

All the participants received USB sticks with each family’s video footage and a free pass to next year’s Earth Week festivities.

The families also got to keep the iPads.

The Revoys were chosen based on compost quality – does it have the right layers, are there flies, or does it smell; reduction of garbage; and the entertainment value of the video produced by the family.

The Revoys learned how to properly compost and reduced their garbage by 23 pounds.

The Spetch family lowered its garbage consumption the most, from 54 pounds in week one to 21.2 pounds by week three.

Julina Spetch achieved the feat by putting her son in cloth diapers.

The competition wrapped up with a celebration barbecue at city hall Wednesday afternoon.

A short video clip conveyed the families’ journeys, from writing an original composting song, to taking their compost camping, to holding a mock Olympics. One family even dressed up the vegetables in its composter.

Footage from the Compost Challenge will become part of a professionally-produced film debuting in October 2012.

The film will be featured on Shaw TV, the city’s YouTube channel, and shown in local schools, at the 2013 community film awards and at next year’s Earth Week film festival.

The contest was coordinated by the City of Campbell River and sponsored by a grant from the Comox Strathcona Waste Management.

To view the family videos, go to 2012compostchallenge.blogspot.ca

Just Posted

Families learn to navigate the perils of the Internet

Speaker talks to Campbell River kids, parents about staying safe in a social media world

‘Priceless’ hat stolen from Indigenous art store in Campbell River during break-in

Ernie Smith, co-owner of Awatin Aboriginal Art, looking for help in recovering stolen hat

Vancouver measles outbreak prompts vaccine vigilance on Island

No cases here yet, but Island health authorities push measles vaccinations - and not just for kids

BC Hydro increasing flow down Elk Falls to assist steelhead migration and spawning

Water flows within Elk Falls Canyon are increasing today to assist steelhead… Continue reading

B.C. BUDGET: Surplus $374 million after bailouts of BC Hydro, ICBC

Growth projected stronger in 2020, Finance Minister Carole James says

Students give two thumbs up to no more B.C. student loan interest

Eliminating the loan interest charges could say the average graduate $2,300 over 10 years

Manitoba ‘pauses’ link with ex-B.C. premier Gordon Campbell after allegations

Campbell had been hired to review two major hydro projects

City of Port Alberni cancels tourist train operations for 2019

Steam train to McLean Mill is out of commission for repairs; city wants to re-examine rail costs

Heritage minute features Japanese-Canadian baseball team, internment

The Vancouver Asahi baseball team won various championships across the Pacific Northwest

UPDATE: Woman, off-duty cop in critical condition after stabbing outside B.C. elementary school

The officer was interceding in an alleged assault when he and the woman were stabbed

$10-a-day child care not in 2019 budget, but advocate not irked

Sharon Gregson with the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of B.C. says NDP on track to deliver promise

B.C. Seniors Advocate questions labour shortage in care homes

Are there really no workers, or are care aide wages too low?

B.C. business groups worry about looming economic decline in wake of NDP budget

The party’s second government budget focused on plenty of spending, business advocates say

Missing Surrey snowshoer caught in avalanche found dead on Vancouver mountain

North Shore Rescue resumed its search today after efforts were temporarily halted Tuesday due to snowstorm

Most Read