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2020 Student Video Contest: REDUCE. Single-use.

The submission deadline has been extended to Thursday, April 30 at 11:59 p.m.

Take part in the fifth annual Student Video Contest! The purpose of this year’s contest is to increase awareness about the importance of reducing single-use items in West Vancouver.

What is a single-use item?

Single-use items are designed to be used once for a short period of time and then discarded. For the purpose of this contest, we’re focusing on the most common single-use items, which include bags, cups, takeout containers, straws and utensils.

Why single-use item reduction?

We are focusing on reducing and reusing single-use items, over recycling and disposal, because this approach creates less litter, reduces collection costs and decreases the resources that are needed to produce single-use items in the first place. 

The contest is open to all students in West Vancouver. Get creative and make a musical about reusable chopsticks, a horror about a lost plastic bag or a stop-motion about single-use coffee cups. Be sure to focus locally on actions and issues in West Vancouver. 


1. Register

To enter the contest, you must be a West Vancouver resident or be enrolled in Kindergarten to Grade 12 at a school in West Vancouver.

Before creating a video, we ask any students who will be making and/or appearing in a video to first register for the contest. This allows us to confirm eligibility and parental consent.


2. Make a video

Once you are registered, go ahead and make a video. All types of videos, including live-action, animation, claymation, stop-motion and music videos, are accepted. Videos must be between 60 and 90 seconds long and demonstrate the importance of reducing the use of single-use items in West Vancouver. Bonus points if your video includes West Vancouver content and focuses on local issues and actions.

Need some inspiration? Check out the resources in the tab below.

3. Submit your video

Once you have created your video, upload it to a publicly accessible YouTube account and send us the link. More information on posting a video to YouTube.

Submit Video

The submission deadline has been extended to Thursday, April 30 at 11:59 p.m.


Videos will be judged based on whether they demonstrate creativity, an understanding of the theme, technical quality and overall message. Videos should demonstrate the importance of reducing the use of single-use items in West Vancouver. Bonus points if your video features local footage.

First place wins $750, the first runner-up wins $150 and the second runner-up wins $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 2020.


When putting your video together, remember to focus on this year’s theme: REDUCE. Single-use.

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 inspiration to help get you started, check out the winning videos from past contests and links below.

Recycling, Garbage and Green Can in West Vancouver

Public Space Recycling

WestVanCollect app

West Vancouver Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy

Rethink Recycling

Metro Vancouver – Single-use Items

Recycle BC – Bring Your Own Bag

Clean BC – Plastic Action Plan

  • In 2018, 1.1 billion single-use items were disposed of in the Metro Vancouver region. That is equivalent to 440 items per person.
  • The most common items found in West Vancouver public space recycling bins are disposable coffee cups. If you forget your reusable mug, disposable coffee cups belong in the blue bin.