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Kids recycle toothbrushes to win a recycled community garden!

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Students have the chance to win a recycled community garden set by diverting thousands of oral care products from landfill, thanks to a competition run by Colgate, Chemist Warehouse and TerraCycle to recycle toothbrushes.

Between 23 March and 31 October 2018, the Colgate Community Garden Challenge invites pre-, primary and secondary schools to collect all brands of oral care waste and send it to TerraCycle, who will give the waste a second life by creating new products.

Five recycled community garden sets will be awarded to five schools, with each set including three garden beds, two custom-made benches, one rubbish bin and one sign, plus a $500 gardening voucher to buy seeds and plants. Besides showing how recycled materials can be used as a sustainable alternative to virgin plastic, Colgate, Chemist Warehouse and TerraCycle hope the sets will promote gardening and healthy eating among schools.

Colgate Vice President and General Manager of South Pacific, Julie Dillon, and Chemist Warehouse Group COO, Mario Tascone, have expressed their excitement to be part of the national recycling challenge.

“Colgate is thrilled to partner with Chemist Warehouse and TerraCycle to give kids the opportunity to win a recycled community garden set while reducing landfill. We’re confident they’ll do an excellent job of showing Australia how oral care products can be recycled and given a second life,” said Mrs. Dillon.

“At Chemist Warehouse, we encourage Australians nationwide to be conscious of the environment and practice sustainable ways of living,” said Mr Tascone. “The Colgate Community Garden Challenge helps us achieve this by educating young people about the importance of recycling, upcycling and keeping as much waste out of landfill as possible.”

“At TerraCycle, we want to ‘Eliminate the Idea of Waste’ and a perfect place to start is with schools,” said Jean Bailliard, General Manager of TerraCycle Australia. “Australian kids and young adults are the next environmental leaders, so we’re excited to see how much oral care waste they keep out of landfill.”

Schools are encouraged to visit www.terracycle.com.au/colgategarden to join the competition, access posters and resources to get started, and watch their competition ranking on a digital leaderboard. Individuals can also vote for their nominated school at www.terracycle.com.au/colgategardenvoting.

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The competition to recycle toothbrushes

The Colgate Community Garden Challenge will have five winners that will each win a recycled community garden set: three winners will be the schools that recycle the most oral care waste and earn the most online votes from the community; two winners will be drawn at random. By sending at least one shipment (minimum 2kg) of accepted oral care waste to TerraCycle, schools earn one entry into the draw to win a recycled community garden set.
Accepted oral care waste includes toothpaste tubes and caps, toothbrushes, toothbrush and toothpaste tube outer packaging and floss containers.

Additionally, in monthly prize draws, schools will have the chance to win a pack of 60 upcycled pencil cases made from recycled toothpaste tubes – another example of how oral care waste can become a valuable new product.

Competition entry, rules and an interactive leaderboard can be found at www.terracycle.com.au/colgategarden.

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By Angela Sutherland
After spending many years hustling stories on busy editorial desks around the world, Angela is now mum of two little ones and owner/editor at Kids on the Coast / Kids in the City. She is an atrocious cook and loves cutting shapes to 90s dance music. Angela is the editor of Kids on the Coast - a free family magazine whats on guide for Kids: things to do, school holiday fun and free activities for kids... Fun attractions, family food & travel, kids health & wellbeing, kids parties venues, parenting, pregnancy & babies, guide for parents. Servicing Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and beyond, Kids on the Coast is an online guide for parents with kids things to do with kids, schools and education and lifestyle news located on Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane, QLD.

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