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Sorting Metal

Piles of metal sit in a separate area of the Cinder Lake landfill Tuesday afternoon.

After identifying three finalists for the city’s “Innovate Waste Challenge,” the city announced this week it will host a public final-pitch event in which the three groups will present their ideas.

The goal of the challenge is to find business ideas that also divert waste from the Cinder Lakes Landfill thus extending its life with the winner receiving an $8,000 grant to make their proposal into a reality, according to a media release.

The three finalists will pitch their ideas to a panel of judges representing Flagstaff’s business and sustainability communities, as well as members of City Council, according to the media release. A keynote presentation and celebration of winners will follow pitches from finalists.

The three finalists are a project to convert non-recyclable plastics into new consumer products, a project that would create in-home furnaces that use household waste to make heat and a project that turns discarded denim into artisan products.

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The event will be held at the Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (2225 N Gemini Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86001) from 1 to 5 p.m. on April 6.

More information about the challenge can be found at www.chooseflagstaff.com/innovatewaste or by contacting Dylan Lenzen at (928) 213-2158 or dlenzen@flagstaffaz.gov.

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Adrian Skabelund can be reached at the office at askabelund@azdailysun.com, by phone at (928) 556-2261 or on Twitter @AdrianSkabelund.

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