Student Video Contest 2019: Bins don't recycle. People do!

This year marks the fourth year of West Vancouver’s student video contest. The purpose of this year’s contest is to raise awareness for the importance of recycling responsibly and how recycling the right way is good for our community.

Do you ever wonder what happens to garbage and recycling once it has been placed in the bin? With different bins for paper, plastic and organics, recycling the right way can be confusing. Which bin do you put it in? When done correctly, recycling reduces the amount of garbage that gets sent to the landfill. But, what happens when non-recyclables or garbage end up in the recycling?

Recycling can easily become contaminated when people place materials in the wrong bin. When this happens, items that could have been recycled end up as garbage. Even just a little bit of garbage in the recycling bin can turn a bunch of perfectly good recycling into garbage, which is why it’s important to sort recyclables properly. Recycling is only as good as our ability to sort it.

What if it was easy to sort garbage and recycling? What if everyone knew what went where and took the time to sort it out correctly? What are the benefits of putting waste in its place? Cleaner homes, schools, parks and streets? Less pollution and a healthier environment?

This year’s contest is sponsored by Recycle BC.

How to Enter

1. Register

To enter the contest, you must be a West Vancouver residents and/or enrolled in Kindergarten to Grade 12 in a West Vancouver school. Before creating a video, we ask any students who will be making and/or appearing in a video to register for the contest first. This allows us to confirm eligibility and parental consent.


2. Make a video

Once you have been registered, go ahead and make a video. All types of video including live action, animation, claymation, stop-motion, music videos, etc. are accepted. Videos must be between 60 and 90 seconds long and demonstrate the benefits of putting waste and recycling in its place. Need some inspiration? Check out our resources section below.

3. Submit your video

Once you have created your video, upload it to a publicly-accessible YouTube account and submit it to us. Deadline for submissions is Monday, April 15, 2019.

Submission form

For more information on posting a video to YouTube, check out the video at the link below to find out how to upload a video to YouTube.

How to upload videos to YouTube

Judging and Prizes

Videos will be judged based on whether they demonstrate creativity, an understanding of the theme, technical quality and overall message. Videos should be regionally focused on West Vancouver, include the message Bins don’t recycle. People do!, and demonstrate the benefits of reducing waste and recycling responsibly.

First place will win $750 (first runner-up will win $150 and second runner-up will win $100). Additionally, the class that submits the most entries will win a participation prize. Team up with your classmates and ask your teacher if you can submit a video as a class project!

The winning videos will be selected by a panel of judges and announced in May 2019.


When putting your video together, remember to include this year’s theme, Bins don’t recycle. People do! and be sure to spend some time thinking about the story you want to tell and how you are going to tell it. If you’re looking for some more information and inspiration to help get you started, check out the winning videos from past contests in the sidebar to the right and the links below for useful resources.

Information about garbage and recycling in West Vancouver

Information about recycling in community spaces in West Vancouver

Information about the WestVanCollect app

Recycle BC | What is contamination?

Recycle BC | Education

Recycle BC | What happens to my recycling?

Metro Vancouver | Solid waste services

Recycling Council of BC

CBC | Rethink Recycling

Fun facts
  • West Vancouver diverts an estimated 75 per cent of residential waste from the landfill through our curbside and take-back recycling programs.
  • The most common recycling contaminant in our curbside programs is glass. Glass bottles and jars can break and contaminate other recyclables when not collected separately. Use your Grey Box for glass bottles and jars.
  • Since mid-2018, West Vancouver residents can recycle paper, containers and organics in civic buildings (Municipal Hall, Community Centres, etc.)
  • During the Horseshoe Bay streetscape recycling pilot, approximately 50 per cent of garbage was diverted to recycling. Three-stream recycling bins are now available outdoors in Horseshoe Bay Village and additional outdoor recycling bins will soon be available in Ambleside and Dundarave.
  • The most common items we find in our public space recycling bins are disposable coffee cups. If you forget your reusable mug, disposal coffee cups belong in the containers (blue) bin. 


Trevor Doré
Community Programs Coordinator



Rules and Regulations

Entries must be received by Monday, April 15, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Rules and regulations