Truck Bed Trash Can Competition: A Go Green Design Initiative
One thing that coastal Alabama residents value most is water. Whether it is to drink, fish, earn a living, play, swim, or simply to view. The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (MBNEP) promotes the Create a Clean Water Future Campaign, through which businesses, schools, groups, and communities are improving their understanding and actions related to reducing polluted runoff and preserving our unique way of life, dependent on healthy waterways. Involvement of citizens in carrying out activities aimed at improving our estuaries, bays, and surrounding watersheds is paramount to ensuring the long-term health and vitality of Alabama’s estuaries and coast.
One of the largest priority problems the MBNEP faces is litter and its effects on our local waterways. To bring awareness to this problem, the Trash Blows Campaign was initiated three years ago and has been an effective tool in addressing the problem of trash blowing out of the beds of pick-up trucks and boats. To further this initiative, a Truck Bed Trash Can Competition has been developed that encourages individuals to submit a design prototype of a DIY (Do it Yourself) trash repository for truck beds to help reduce the amount of litter blowing out of the beds of pick-up trucks.
The competition will be conducted virtually by video submission of the prototype design (round 1) and by ‘live pitch’ to a panel of judges (round 2). Submissions will be accepted between August 1 and August 31, 2020. Finalists for round 2 will be announced September 5th. The winner will be announced September 19, 2020.