White teeth — green champions
by Andy Bryenton
To help them win a nationwide recycling challenge, Dargaville Intermediate School students are asking local residents to hand over any brand of used toothpaste tubes, non-electric toothbrushes, floss containers and packaging.
Run by Colgate and global recycling pioneers TerraCycle, the Colgate Community Garden Challenge invites all schools nationwide to register, collect and ship all oral care waste to TerraCycle, who have the technology to turn it into new products.
The competition encourages schools to learn about sustainability by seeing how waste can be given a second life and made into a new product such as a garden bed. Two such garden beds, able to provide for the school’s culinary classes, will be given away, along with the means to fill the garden beds with veggies.
Diane Papworth from Dargaville Intermediate School said that the recycling challenge had encouraged students to get the wider community involved.
“We encourage students to recycle at school and home,” she said.
“Our school’s recycling initiatives are advertised on posters throughout the community and promoted within the school newsletter.”
Dargaville residents are encouraged to drop their used oral care items off and vote for the school online at terracycle.co.nz/colgategarden.