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Wood-Ridge School Wins New Playground Made From Recycled Oral Care Waste

Tubes and brushes are separated by composition, shredded and melted into hard plastic that can be remolded to make new recycled products, according to TerraCycle.
Tubes and brushes are separated by composition, shredded and melted into hard plastic that can be remolded to make new recycled products, according to TerraCycle. Photo Credit: COURTESY: TerraCycle
A playground made from recycled oral care product waste.
A playground made from recycled oral care product waste. Photo Credit: Contributed

WOOD-RIDGE, N.J.– A new playground made from recycled oral care waste will be installed at Catherine Doyle Elementary School in Wood-Ridge.

The new equipment is courtesy of the 2016 Recycled Playground Challenge held by Colgate-Palmolive, ShopRite and TerraCycle.

Catherine Doyle Elementary School won the contest by earning 48,355 playground credits by recycling waste and through online voting.

The playground, which was built using recycled oral care waste collected through the Colgate® Oral Care Recycling Program, will be unveiled at a ceremony this fall.

The Recycled Playground Challenge started in March 2016. During the contest window, participating schools earned one credit for each unit of oral care waste, such as empty toothpaste tubes and floss containers, sent to TerraCycle for recycling, according to TerraCycle Publicist Veronica Rajadnya.

Schools earned additional credits by encouraging parents and teachers to vote online, she added.

“On behalf of Colgate, I am pleased to congratulate the students, parents and faculty of Catherine Doyle Elementary School on winning the Recycled Playground Challenge,” said Colgate-Palmolive President Juan Pablo Zamorano. “The energy and passion they put into protecting the environment has truly made a difference and we hope the new playground will bring smiles to children in Wood-Ridge for years to come.”

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