From landfill to furniture
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.