Saints Peter and Paul’s Primary School has been taking part in the Colgate Community Garden Challenge.
The Challenge asks pre-primary and secondary schools across the country to collect all brands of oral care waste and send it to global recycling company TerraCycle, which then gives the waste a second life by creating new products.
‘Oral care waste’ can include toothpaste tubes and caps, floss containers and toothbrushes.
There are five recycled community garden sets for the five winners in the competition, which is run by Colgate, Chemist Warehouse and TerraCycle.
Each of the garden sets include three garden beds, two custom-made benches, one rubbish bin and one sign, as well as a $500-value gardening voucher to buy seeds and plants.
The sets aim to promote gardening and healthy eating among schools and show how recycled materials can be used as a sustainable alternative to virgin plastic.
Ss Peter and Paul’s Primary School teacher Rebecca Dillon said the competition would do wonders for the students.
Winning one of the garden sets would help us inspire a love of nature in our students.Rebecca Dillon, Ss Peter and Paul's teacher
“Winning one of the garden sets would help us inspire a love of nature in our students,” Mrs Dillon said.
“Besides being able to teach our children the necessary skills of growing their own, we would be able to create a garden setup, which would supply our school canteen.”
The Goulburn community can help the school by dropping off used oral care products to the campus and then voting for them before October 31 at:
Three of the winners will be the schools that recycle the most oral care waste and earn the most online votes from the community, while the other two will be drawn randomly.
Schools earn an entry into the draw when they send a shipment with a minimum weight of 2kg of accepted oral care waste to TerraCycle.
Colgate vice president and general manager of South Pacific Julie Dillon (no relation) said Colgate was a proud sponsor of the Challenge.
“Colgate is thrilled to ... give kids the opportunity to win a recycled community garden set while reducing landfill,” Ms Dillon said.
- An interactive leaderboard can be found at terracycle.com.au/colgategarden