Face Your Waste Challenge 2015


Did you know that the average Canadian will throw away approximately 110lbs of garbage this holiday season?


By bringing awareness to the amount of trash that holiday wrapping and packaging produces, we can hope to cut back in the future.


Take a picture of your holiday waste - wrapping paper, ribbons, plastic, boxes, and even the remains of a feast - and enter our Face Your Waste Challenge! You could win a gift basket full of environmentally-friendly Down East cleaning supplies and other goodies to ring in the New Year!





1. Snap a picture of your holiday waste. This can include toy packaging, gift wrap, ribbons, bows, cards, plastic wrap, tape, broken ornaments, candy wrappers, and food leftovers. If your picture includes people, understand that these images will be shared to ACAP CB's social media accounts and could be used as promotional images in the future without compensation.


2. Post your photo to social media or submit via e-mail:

  • Post it to ACAP Cape Breton's Facebook wall

  • Use the hashtag #FaceYourWaste and post to Twitter

  • E-mail your picture to ejerrott@acapcb.ns.ca


3. This is an all ages contest so please do not submit inappropriate pictures. ACAP CB staff will use their discretion and disqualify images deemed inappropriate.


4. There will be one prize for the most creative display of holiday waste. All other participants will be entered into a draw for another gift basket. Winners will be notified in the following ways:

  • If submitted using Twitter: We will send a Direct Message

  • If submitted using Facebook: We will send you a message

  • If submitted using e-mail: We will send you an e-mail


5. The contest deadline is January 3, 2015. Any submissions recieved after this date will not be considered. Winners will be notified the week of January 4-8.


Good luck!


If you have questions, please phone 902-567-1628 or e-mail ejerrott@acapcb.ns.ca.

ACAP Cape Breton is Wishing for a "green" Christmas with the Face Your Waste Challenge


SYDNEY, N.S. – With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season in full swing ACAP Cape Breton is asking the public to consider “greening” their festivities this year. Everyone is invited to increase awareness about how much extra waste is generated over the holidays by taking part in our Face Your Waste Challenge.   



The Face Your Waste challenge was designed to illustrate how much extra waste is generated during the holiday season. Participants are encouraged to photograph their aftermath of wrapping paper, food waste, or packaging. Photos will be judged on creativity used to bring awareness to the importance of waste reduction. The most creative will win a gift basket of reusable items and environmentally friendly Down East cleaning products which can be purchased and refilled at ACAP. All participants will be entered into a draw for the chance to win an additional prize basket. Contest deadline is January 3, 2015, and winners will be announced the following week.



Going “green” simply means reducing your ecological impact on the earth. While it’s great to be green year round, it’s especially important during the holidays. “Going green for the holidays is a lot easier than you might think,” says Susan King, executive director of ACAP Cape Breton. “Even a few small changes can reduce your impact.”



Consider the following tips this season:

  • Reduce waste by making gift wrap part of the gift by wrapping with tea towels, scarves, and baskets.

  • Replace traditional incandescent holiday lights with energy efficient LEDs to save on electric bills. You can also look for solar powered LED lights that charge during the day and turn on automatically at dusk.

  • Purchase food and gifts from local vendors to reduce your carbon footprint and help support the local economy.

  • Take a Holiday Light Tour through your neighborhood on foot instead of driving. Consider bringing a thermos of hot chocolate to keep warm.



Contest rules and information how to submit can be found at http://www.acapcb.ns.ca. For more information contact ACAP Cape Breton at (902) 567-1628 or follow them on Twitter (@ACAPCB).



ACAP Cape Breton is a registered charity with a clear vision in which local people are actively engaged, working, and learning together to build a healthy and sustainable community.



For more information, please contact:

Jen Cooper

Project Coordinator

ACAP Cape Breton



We would like to acknowledge that we are in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Mi’kmaq Wəlastəkwiyik (Maliseet), and Passamaquoddy Peoples first signed with the British Crown in 1726. 

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Visit: 90 Esplanade, Sydney, NS

Mail: PO Box 28, Station "A", Sydney, NS, B1P 6G9

Phone: (902)567-1628

Email: ed@acapcb.ns.ca