FW couple wins $1,000 for recycling

Peter and Laura Johnson are the winners of the $1,000 grand prize from the Recycle Palooza Contest. - Courtesy of Bruce Honda
Peter and Laura Johnson are the winners of the $1,000 grand prize from the Recycle Palooza Contest.
— image credit: Courtesy of Bruce Honda

From staff reports:

Federal Way residents Peter and Laura Johnson won the $1,000 grand prize on Saturday by participating in the City of Federal Way’s annual Recycle Palooza Contest.

The city partnered with Waste Management to create the Recycle Palooza Contest to encourage residents to learn how to recycle more in a fun way, while also having the chance to win prizes. All residents who entered the contest received additional tips about curbside recycling, and had a chance to be randomly selected as one of 50 contestants.

On regular collection days prior to the event, Waste Management removed, sealed and stored contestants’ full recycling carts. The recyclable materials in each cart were judged at Recycle Palooza to determine eligibility for prizes.

In addition to the $1,000 grand prize, five other households received $200 service credits, while all other contestants received $25 gift cards, courtesy of Waste Management.

“We are grateful to be rewarded for recycling things right,” said Laura Johnson in a news release. “It seems that sometimes people are penalized for doing things wrong – so we really like this positive approach instead.”

Recycle Palooza culminated at the annual Family Green Fest held April 27 at the Federal Way Community Center. More than 450 residents visited 26 different booths and vendors. Residents dropped off a variety of recyclable items, had documents shredded courtesy of Woodstone Credit Union, safely disposed unwanted or expired prescription drugs courtesy Federal Way Police Department, and purchased art and wares made from re-purposed and recycled materials.

To learn more, visit or call (253) 837-2771.


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