The California Department of Parks and Recreation is asking park-goers to get out and vote for their favorite parks. The parks with the most votes will receive grants as part of Coca-Cola's "America Is Your Park" national campaign.
Participants can vote for national, state or local parks, with first place receiving $100,000; second place, $50,000; and third place, $25,000. Vote online at www.livepositively.com by selecting a park from an interactive map, by uploading photos to the site, or by "checking-in" to a park on Facebook. One point is given for online votes while five points are given for uploading photos or checking in on Facebook. Voting will continue through Sept. 6. Last year's $100,000 winner was Bear Head Lake State Park in Minnesota.
The three-month Ready, Set, Recycle contest sponsored by Alameda County's StopWaste.Org has named grand-prize winners: Kristen Kinzel of Livermore and Amy Lee of Hayward, who both won $500 as the county's "Best Recycler," and runner-up Aurell Cater of Oakland, who was awarded $250.
From April through June, StopWaste.Org's prize crew randomly selected garbage bins on collection days and rewarded those residents who correctly separated their recyclables, compostables and trash. The contest had 20% of the county participating, a total of 61 winners and of these winners, over 50% demonstrated perfect results (0% recyclables and compostables in their garbage bins).
Of the 893 sorts conducted, StopWaste.Org found 85% of garbage bins contained less than 25% recyclables and 55% contained less than 25% compostables. StopWaste.Org has set the more aggressive goal of only 10% recyclables and compostables in the garbage bin by 2020. Ready Set Recycle will kick off again next spring; meantime residents can visit www.ReadySetRecycleContest.Org where they can take a recycling pledge, and get tips and information about how to improve their recycling habits.