Aussie kids recycle thousands of toothbrushes in national recycling challenge

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Australian school students are leading the war on waste by recycling all their used toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and floss containers through a nationwide competition diverting hundreds and thousands of oral care items from landfill. 

The Colgate Community Garden Challenge is well underway with more than 1000 schools from all over Australia competing to win one of five recycled community garden sets and monthly prize draws of 60 upcycled pencil cases. 

Run by Colgate, Chemist Warehouse and global recycling pioneers, TerraCycle, the Colgate Community Garden Challenge invites all pre, primary, intermediate, special and secondary schools in Australia to register, collect and ship all their oral care waste to TerraCycle who will turn it into new products. 

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A total of five schools will win a community garden set plus there will be seven monthly prize draws awarding the monthly winner with 60 upcycled pencil cases. Schools who sign up late still have a chance to win as long as they send in at least one shipment between now and September when the competition closes. 

Besides showing how recycled materials can be used as a sustainable alternative to virgin plastic, Colgate, Chemist Warehouse and TerraCycle hope the community garden sets will promote gardening and healthy eating among schools.

So far in the competition, 30,000 votes have been cast online and more than 40,000 pieces of oral care waste have been shipped to TerraCycle to be sorted, shredded, washed and melted the down into plastic pellets to be used in the manufacture of new products such as garden beds, park benches and playgrounds.

“So far in the competition, Colgate has been very encouraged to see the students’ recycling efforts and enthusiasm to promote sustainability within their community,” said Julie Dillon, Colgate vice-president and general manager of South Pacific. 

“We would like to thank all the participants and wish them the very best of luck.” 

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