STUDENTS at Falls Road Primary School are busy collecting toothpaste tubes and old toothbrushes for their chance to win one of five recycled community garden sets, as part a national recycling competition.
Between March 23 and October 31, 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, including three garden beds, two custom-made benches, one rubbish bin and one sign, plus a $500 gardening voucher to buy seeds and plants.
Falls Road Year 3 teacher Danielle Bunter said the competition is already having a positive impact on the local community.
“We’re thrilled to be involved in the competition, because it encourages a recycling mindset in the homes of our students,” she said.
“When students are involved, they take ownership, live more consciously and encourage others to be waste wise.”
Ms Bunter said that a recycled community garden set would boost the school’s sustainability projects.
“We’d use the garden set to create an edible garden for each class, and would put the prize money toward tools for our Waste Wise team to care for our worm farms and gardens.”
The Kalamunda community is encouraged to drop their used oral care products at Falls Road Primary School to be recycled, and vote for them every day online at www.terracycle.com.au/colgategardenvoting.
Schools can visit www.terracycle.com.au/colgategarden to join the competition, access posters and resources to get started, and to watch their competition ranking on a digital leaderboard.
The challenge has diverted more than 200,000 pieces of oral care waste from landfill since 2014.