School takes on old toothbrushes
They made it to around four kilograms last year and won $1000 for their efforts.
Now Greenhithe School is trying to see if they can beat their score and collect even more old toothbrushes, oral care and packaging for recylcing.
It’s the second year the school has participated in the Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures Oral Care Recycling Programme run by TerraCycle.
Year three teacher and enviro team member Natasha Jones, who is in charge of the recycling drive at the school, said the response had been ‘‘huge’’ already.
It accepts items such as used toothpaste tubes, toothbrushes, plastic toothbrush packaging, interdental brushes, and other non-recylable packaging.
Once collected, items are cleaned and melted into hard plastic that can be remolded to make new products. A prize of $1000 is given to the school that sends in the most waste by November 1.
Student Casey Boyd, 9, said the programme was good as ‘‘you recycle, and you save the environment’’.
Jones said if the school is lucky enough to win another prize for their recycling efforts, they will use the money towards a friendship chair.
Products for the Oral Care Recycling Programme will be collected until October 1.
Pupils Paige Rees, Hannah Middleton and Casey Boyd with items for recycling.