Citizen Challenges

Citizen Challenge #6: What’s Old is New Again

Article by Can Geo Education

We are inviting all Canadians to take on this Citizen Challenge to get you thinking about reusing, repurposing and repairing! Did you know that Canadians produce more garbage per capita than any other developed nation? Could any of these items that ended up in the trash have been fixed, repurposed or transformed into something entirely new?

Modeled after one of our 17 Classroom Energy Diet Challenge challenges—What’s Old Is New Again —this challenge invites you to show us how you save items from the landfill. 


This challenge will run from Monday April 19, 2021 until noon on Friday April 23, 2021.


This challenge can easily be completed from home; the idea is to transform something that you were going to throw away into something new. Here are a few examples: sew patches onto clothing or darn holes, use scrap paper and bottle caps to create art, turn cans into pencil holders, use food scraps to make soup stock, transform old boots into planters—the possibilities are endless! Just make sure that any items that you’re reusing are cleaned well! 

  1. Show us how you are keeping items out of landfills.

    To enter, take a picture of how you are repairing, reusing and repurposing items (include yourself in the photo if you like!) and share it with us along with a tip to help others cut down on their waste. Submit the picture and tip to [email protected] or leave a reply on our Citizen Challenge #6 social media posts on Twitter (@Energy_Lit or @CanGeoEdu) or Facebook and Instagram (@CanGeoEdu) using #EnergyDietChallenge. Entries must be received before noon (EST) on Friday April 23, 2021


A random draw will take place on the afternoon of Friday, April 23, 2021. The winner will receive a $100 Shell gift card. Prizes will be delivered via courier shortly after the prize draw.

To be eligible to compete in the Citizen Challenges, you must be a resident of Canada over the age of 18. Consult the Rules and Regulations prior to submitting. 


Please direct questions to [email protected].

This is our final Citizen Challenge—thank you for participating!