Taabing students Paige Reardon and Georgia Bickford participating in the recycling program.
Taabing students Paige Reardon and Georgia Bickford participating in the recycling program. Taabinga State School

Teaching students about recycling and sustainability

QUEENSLAND generated more than 10 million tonnes of waste in 2018, and Taabinga School students are working hard to divert as much of this from landfill as possible.

They are doing this by recycling all of their oral care waste in a national competition.

To help them win a recycled garden set, they're asking their community to hand over all their old toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and floss containers and vote online for their school.

The recycling competition is run by Colgate, Chemist Warehouse and global recycling pioneers, TerraCycle.

The Colgate Community Garden Challenge invites pre-schools, primary, and secondary schools nationwide to collect all brands of oral care waste and send it to TerraCycle who will turn it into new products.

The program runs from February to September 2019 and encourages schools to learn about sustainability by seeing how waste that would normally be sent to landfill, can be given a second life and made into a new product such as a garden bed.

Taabinga State School teacher Stephanie Tognola, said the program is important to her because traditional recycling is very limited in Kingaroy.

"We wanted to bring recycling back to Kingaroy and TerraCycle has allowed us to do just that,” she said.

"Since signing up to their programs last year, we've started conversations among our students and within the wider community regarding what can and can't be recycled. We now have bins located throughout our school where the community can drop off their items.”

Five recycled community garden sets will be awarded to five schools, with each set including: three garden beds, two custom-made benches, three customised garden plaques made from recycled oral care waste, plus a $500 gardening voucher to buy seeds and plants.

Miss Tognola wants to encourage the South Burnett community to drop their used oral care products off to be recycled, and vote for them every day online at www.terracycle.com.au/colgategardenvoting