From land­fill to fur­ni­ture

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - REXINE HAWES

The stu­dents of St Josephs’s Catholic School in Mata­mata want your oral care waste.

The school is col­lect­ing oral care waste as part of the Col­gate Com­mu­nity Re­cy­cle Drive com­pe­ti­tion. The com­pe­ti­tion is in part­ner­ship be­tween Col­gate and Ter­raCy­cle.

The pro­gramme was launched last year and helped divert over 45,000 pieces of oral care waste that could have po­ten­tially ended up in land­fill.

Just by sub­mit­ting a col­lec­tion of oral care waste, the school can go into the draw to win one of 20, $1000 cash prizes or one of two re­cy­cled park benches, val­ued at $1500 and made en­tirely of oral care waste.

St Joseph’s school prin­ci­pal Yvonne Mar­shall says if the school won one of the $1000 cash prizes, it would like to do­nate it to char­ity, which fits with the char­ac­ter of the school.

‘‘We en­cour­age stu­dents to look after the planet and be a good stew­ard. It’s a good op­por­tu­nity for the kids to look be­yond them­selves and that’s the point of dif­fer­ence with our school.’’

To help the school on its quest, peo­ple need to drop off all their non-elec­tric tooth­brushes, tooth­paste tubes, card­board pack­ag­ing, non re­cy­clable oral care waste and den­tal floss pack­ag­ing by Au­gust 31 to ei­ther the St Josephs Catholic School on Ho­hoia Street or the Mata­mata Chron­i­cle of­fice on Tainui Street.

A park bench sim­i­lar to this one, made en­tirely of oral care waste, is one of the prizes up for grabs in a re­cy­cling com­pe­ti­tion by Col­gate and Ter­raCy­cle.

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