Kiwi Kids that Recycle Toothbrushes Could Win a Recycled Community Garden!

Kiwi 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 and TerraCycle.

Between 1 August and 16 November 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.

Two recycled community garden sets will be awarded to two schools, with each set including one garden bed, one park bench and one bin, plus a $300 gardening voucher to buy seeds and plants. Besides showing how recycled materials can be used as a sustainable alternative to virgin plastic, Colgate and TerraCycle hope the sets will promote gardening and healthy eating among schools.

Colgate Vice President and General Manager of South Pacific, Julie Dillon, announced Colgate’s excitement to be part of the national recycling challenge.

“Colgate is thrilled to partner with 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 New Zealand how oral care products can be recycled and given a second life,” Mrs. Dillon said.

“At TerraCycle, we want to ‘Eliminate the Idea of Waste’ and a perfect place to start is with schools,” Jean Bailliard, General Manager of TerraCycle New Zealand, said. “Kiwi 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 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

See next page for more on how the competition works…

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