Recycle to win a garden

Australian children and students have the chance to win a recycled community-garden set by diverting tens of thousands of oral-care products from landfill, due to a recycling competition run by Colgate, Chemist Warehouse and TerraCycle.

Between March 23 and October 31, 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, which 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,” Ms Dillon said.

Mr Tascone added: “At Chemist Warehouse, we encourage Australians nationwide to be conscious of the environment and practise sustainable ways of living.”

General Manager of TerraCycle Australia Jean Bailliard said: “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.”

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