Lake Gwelup Primary School collecting used oral care items for recycling

Lake Gwelup Primary School year 4 students Grace Gill, Ella Wray, Zane Dawson, Adam Ibrahim, Alex New and Matilda Valentino with some of the donated waste.
Lake Gwelup Primary School year 4 students Grace Gill, Ella Wray, Zane Dawson, Adam Ibrahim, Alex New and Matilda Valentino with some of the donated waste.

A GWELUP school is seeking used toothbrushes and empty toothpaste tubes as part of a recycling competition.

Students at Lake Gwelup Primary School have been busy collecting oral care waste items to recycle for the Colgate Community Garden Challenge.

The collected items will be sent to TerraCycle, which will create new products from the waste.

Teacher Jonathan Tulip said it was a fantastic way for students to collaborate with the local community on recycling.

“Some students have nobly given up their lunch time to collect, tally and package the oral care waste brought in by their classmates,” he said.

“Our students understand how important it is to reduce landfill waste.”

Five schools, including the three that recycle the most amount of waste and receive the highest number of online votes, will win a recycled community garden set, including garden beds, custom made benches and a $500 gardening voucher.

Two others will be randomly selected.

“The recycled community garden set would serve as an inspiring example to remind all members of our school community that we all have a role to play in looking after our environment,” Mr Tulip said.

People can donate used toothpaste tubes and caps, toothbrushes and their outer packaging, and floss containers at Lake Gwelup and other participating schools including Yuluma and Glendale primary schools.

To vote for a school, visit www.terracycle.com.au/colgategarden.