When it comes to learning to take care of our environment, starting young is always best. That’s why the kids at Bonny Babes Childcare are diverting the Gold Coast community’s oral care waste from landfill for their chance to win one of five recycled community garden sets, as part a national recycling competition run by Colgate, Chemist Warehouse and global recycling pioneers TerraCycle.
Between 23 March and 31 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.
Kati Mann from Bonny Babes Childcare said that the Colgate Community Garden Challenge is set to teach the centre’s children about environmental responsibility.
“The challenge will help our children build lifelong skills such as patience, responsibility and respect, as well as the meaning of consequence,” Kati said. “With a recycled community garden set, our children would see the benefits of recycling and its impact on the environment and on their future.”
“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 Bonny Babes Childcare for their amazing recycling work, and wish them all the best in the competition!”
The Gold Coast community is encouraged to drop their used oral care products at Bonny Babes Childcare to be recycled. Competition entry, rules and voting can be found at terracycle.com.au/colgategarden.