NEWS: Gold Coast school wins a $45,000 recycled playground

18 December 2017

Park Lake State School in the Gold Coast, Queensland, has won Australia’s first playground made from recycled beauty products in the national Garnier Recycled Playground Competition, in which schools around the country recycled over 145,000 empty beauty care products otherwise destined for landfill.

From 9 October to 8 December 2017, Garnier and global recycling pioneers TerraCycle ran the Garnier Recycled Playground Competition to encourage preschools and primary schools nationwide to collect and recycle empty beauty products of all brands, and raise awareness about waste and recycling.

Park Lake State School is the competition’s top collector and winner of the $45,000 recycled playground made from beauty product waste, which all schools collected during the competition period.

“Garnier would like to congratulate the entire Park Lake State School community on their efforts in recycling an amazing 14,700 units of empty beauty products that were otherwise destined for landfill,” said Garnier Marketing Manager Jacqui Forman.

“Garnier is committed to sustainable practices and we are thrilled to have partnered with TerraCycle on this exciting project to encourage and engage students in the practice of recycling and sustainability,” continued Jacqui.

The competition runners-up up were Colyton Public School in Mt Druitt, NSW, and Main Arm Upper Primary School in Main Arm, NSW, who won $4,500 worth of prizes between them.

The Garnier Recycled Playground Competition was open to all pre- and primary schools and together, all participating schools collected an outstanding 145,000 units of empty beauty products.

The empty beauty products collected by schools will be cleaned, shredded and melted down into hard plastic, which will be remoulded to make the playground. In its operations, TerraCycle’s goal is to create materials that can be used as a sustainable alternative to virgin materials and plastics, which require more crude oil in their production.

“We’ve been really inspired by Australian schools’ commitment to recycling in this program, and by their hard work in raising awareness about waste and sustainability,” said Jean Bailliard, General Manager of TerraCycle Australia & New Zealand. “The level of community support for local schools has been phenomenal.”

“Congratulations to Park Lake State School for their excellent recycling efforts, which are best awarded with the recycled playground!”

About the Beauty Products Recycling Program:

Technically, beauty product waste – such as empty shampoo bottles, used lipstick and body wash dispensers – is recyclable in Australia. The high cost of recycling mixed-plastic items like these, however, makes the process less attractive for recycling and manufacturing companies. As a result, most beauty product waste ends up in landfill.

The 2017 Garnier & TerraCycle Recycled Playground Competition is part of the broader Beauty Products Recycling Program sponsored by the L’Oréal Australia Group, which includes brands such as Garnier, Maybelline, L’Oréal Paris and La Roche-Posay. The program allows all Australians to divert empty skin care, hair care and cosmetic products from landfill free-of-charge.

Additionally, for each approved unit of beauty product waste received, collectors earn AU$0.02 per item for funding towards their school or nominated charity. The Beauty Products Recycling Program is ongoing, so schools and the community can continue to collect, recycle and raise funds in 2018.

For more information about the Beauty Products Recycling Program, visit

Written by

Kids on the Coast/Kids in the City

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