Local schools compete to win recycled playground

Garnier has joined with global recycling and upcycling pioneers TerraCycle to give Australians the chance to recycle their used beauty products for free, and two Gold Coast institutions are proud to be taking part in the contest.

TerraCycle will collect used beauty products sent in from the Beauty Products Recycling Program. The beauty products will then be recycled and can be turned into sustainable products such as park benches, watering cans and even playgrounds. This program accepts any brand of empty cosmetics; skin care and hair care packaging. By collecting used beauty products and sending them to TerraCycle, collectors can also raise two cents per piece of waste collected, which can be donated to their chosen school, charity or not-for-profit.

Throughout the competition, schools and members of the local community are able to cast votes for individual schools to help them gain more Playground Credits. The school that receives the most by December 8, 2017, will win a playground made from recycled beauty products.

Willow Early Learning Centre Mudgeeraba has entered the competition.

“The children have really got involved and are loving collecting used beauty products to place in the box. Even the parents are spreading the word and asking work mates for empty containers,” say Susan de Kok, of Willow Early Learning Centre Mudgeeraba.

“We are trying to encourage sustainability in our community through recycling, and are dedicated to actively engaging and embedding good practices into the kids.”

Park Lake State School in Pacific Pines has also thrown its hat in the ring, and is currently leading the tally.

“Educating our students and community on sustainability, and witnessing changes they make towards helping the survival of our planet has inspired us to participate in the recycling program,” said Dawn Clark, teacher at Park Lakes State School.

“We run an Eco club called the Park Lake EcoMarines, meeting once a week to discuss environmental issues. Through our club we have reduced the amount of waste being produced in the community by promoting: rubbish free lunches, composting and TerraCycle recycling programs.”

For more information regarding the competition, visit terracycle.com.au.

UPDATED: Congratulations to Park Lakes State School who won the competition by collecting over 14,000 pieces of beauty products!

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