Help us win Recycled Community Garden Sets

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The kids at Duval High School are diverting the Armidale community’s oral care waste from landfill for their chance to win one of five recycled community garden sets, as part of a national recycling competition run by Colgate, Chemist Warehouse and global recycling pioneers TerraCycle.

Between 23rd March and 31st October 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.

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, the sets are designed to promote gardening and healthy eating among schools.

Bridget Labrosse from Duval High School said the competition has inspired students to get involved in school recycling, and that a recycled community garden set would complement the school’s sustainability ethos.

“Recycling is a lifelong skill and is so important to teach to the next generation,” Miss Labrosse said. “I love the idea of getting students outside and learning hands-on skills. The recycled community garden set would be an excellent teaching tool for studying ecosystems, plants and habitats!”

How can the community help?

The Armidale community is encouraged to drop their used oral care products at Duval High School to be recycled, and vote for them every day online at

“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,” Colgate Vice President and General Manager of South Pacific, Julie Dillon, said. “Well done, Duval High School – keep up the great recycling work!”

“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 Australia, said. “We want to thank the kids at Duval High School for their amazing recycling work, and wish them all the best in the competition!”

Schools can visit to join the competition, access posters and resources to get started, and to watch their competition ranking on a digital leaderboard.

So whats the Competition?

The Colgate Community Garden Challenge will have five winners that will each win a recycled community garden set: three winners will be the schools that recycle the most oral care waste and earn the most online votes from the community; two winners will be drawn at random. By sending at least one shipment (minimum 2 kg) of accepted oral care waste to TerraCycle, schools earn one entry into the draw to win a recycled community garden set.

Accepted oral care waste includes: toothpaste tubes and caps, toothbrushes, toothbrush and toothpaste tube outer packaging and floss containers.

Additionally, in monthly prize draws, schools will have the chance to win a pack of 60 upcycled pencil cases made from recycled toothpaste tubes – another example of how oral care waste can become a valuable new product.   

Competition entry, rules and an interactive leaderboard can be found at

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