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The pupils are leading the war on waste by collecting all their old toothbrushes and saving them from landfill.
They are taking part in the Colgate Community Garden Challenge. It is encouraging schools to register, collect and ship all their oral care waste to TerraCycle which will turn it into new products.
The competition encourages pupils to learn about sustainability by seeing how waste which would normally be sent to landfill can be given a second life and made into a new product such as a garden bed.
A recycled community garden set will be awarded to two schools, as well as a $300 Mitre 10 voucher which can be used to buy seeds and plants.
Rebecca Dalton, of Fendalton Open-Air School, said the pupils want to involve their entire community as part of their environmental education programme. The results achieved at last year’s Colgate Community
Garden Challenge saw more than 50,000 pieces of oral care waste diverted from landfill, with 331 schools signing up to the programme and 4000 votes entered online.
To join the competition, schools should visit www.terracycle.co.nz/colgategarden