School takes on old tooth­brushes

North Harbour News - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - AMY BAKER

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.

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