Getting kids excited about recycling and community gardening
Australian kids and students have the chance to win a recycled community garden set by diverting tens of thousands of oral care products from landfill, thanks to a recycling competition run by Colgate, Chemist Warehouse and TerraCycle.
Between 23 March and 31 October 2018, the Colgate Community Garden Challenge invites pre-, primary and secondary schools nationwide 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,” says Dillon.
“At Chemist Warehouse, we encourage Australians nationwide to be conscious of the environment and practice sustainable ways of living,” says 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.”
Jean Bailliard, general manager of TerraCycle Australia, says, “At TerraCycle, we want to ‘Eliminate the Idea of Waste’ and a perfect place to start is with schools. 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.
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 two kilograms) 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.
The Recycling Program
The Colgate Community Garden Challenge is part of the broader Oral Care Recycling Program sponsored by Colgate, which has enabled Australians to divert over 200,000 pieces of oral care waste from landfill since 2014. Additionally, collectors can earn donations toward their nominated school or non-profit organisation for each piece of oral care waste recycled.
Image courtesy of TerraCycle.