The Stream of Truck Bed Trash Can Design Competition will air here on WKRG.com Thursday December 10th at 7pm and be available afterwards.

ABOUT:

One of the largest environmental issues facing our coastal area is litter and its effects on our local waterways.  One of the biggest sources of this litter is from trash left in pickup truck beds and boats, which inadvertently blows out onto roadways. To bring awareness to this problem, the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program launched its Trash Blows Campaign three years ago as an effective tool to bring attention to the problem.

Unfortunately for concerned truck and boat owners, there are very few commercial options for someone wanting to buy a trash receptacle to put in the back of their boat or truck bed. From this, the Truck Bed Trash Can Design Competition was born. The competition encouraged individuals to design a prototype of a trash can for truck beds.  Contestants were eligible to win $3,500 in cash and other in-kind prizes to help launch their product to market.  There is also an ongoing $500 People’s Choice Award that will go to the audience favorite.

The competition consisted of two rounds. Round 1 was conducted virtually by video submission of the prototype design. Judges reviewed videos and selected individuals to proceed to Round 2. Round 2 was a ‘live pitch’ event at WKRG Studios on November 12 to a panel of judges. The live pitch is available here, on wkrg.com.

VIEWERS CHOICE:  DID THE JUDGES GET IT RIGHT? WHICH OF THESE PROTOTYPES ARE YOU MOST LIKELY TO USE?  VOTE BELOW:

The Truck bed Trashcan Design Competition was made possible through the generous support of the US EPA Gulf of Mexico Program and the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program. Television production courtesy of WKRG.

Competition prizes are courtesy of event sponsors.

AUTOMOTIVE: Mobile Mitsubishi

RESTAURANT: Bluegill Restaurant, Felix’s Fish Camp

PLATINUM: Osprey Initiative

IN KIND: AdamsIP, The Melton Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

USA Melton Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, University of South Alabama | Mitchell College of Business

GOLD: Thompson Engineering

BRONZE: McAleer’s Furniture

ENVIRONMENTAL SPONSORS
Create A Clean Water Future, Mobile Bay National Estuary Program, Dog River Clearwater Revival, Partners for Environmental Progress, Mobile Baykeeper

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