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Colgate Community Garden Challenge

Recycle oral care products for a chance to win a recycled community garden set for your school and cool upcycled products!

Recycle oral care waste for the chance to win a recycled community garden set for your school!

Colgate, Chemist Warehouse and TerraCycle are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2019 Colgate Community Garden Challenge!

Thank you to the 1100+ pre, primary and secondary schools and the community for passionately recycling your used oral care products and casting your votes every day! Together, we have diverted close to 200,000 pieces of oral care waste from Australian landfills. 

Watch this space, the competition will be back in February 2020 with great prizes for schools to win! In the meantime, you can keep sending your oral care waste as usual. Happy recycling! 

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And the 2019 winners of the 5x recycled community garden sets are... 

  • Newcastle High School, NSW
  • Taabinga State School, QLD
  • Rochedale State School, QLD
  • Burnside Primary School, SA
  • Aberfoyle Hub R-7 School, SA

Winners of the monthly upcycled pencil cases prizes packs are: 

  • Birralee Primary School, VIC
  • Bunbury Primary School, WA
  • Wirrabirra Primary School, WA
  • Mount Evelyn Primary School, VIC
  • Mooloolaba State School, QLD
  • West Greenwood Primary School, WA
  • Sunshine North Primary School, VIC

Congratulations and thanks again to everyone! 

How it works

Who can participate?

All public and private pre-, primary, intermediate, special and secondary schools in Australia are invited to join the Colgate Community Garden Challenge. 

How do I join the competition?

During the competition period, schools will earn Garden Points by sending oral care waste to TerraCycle for recycling, and by earning online votes from the community.

1 unit of oral care waste = 10 Garden Points

1 online vote = 1 Garden Point


Earn Garden Points by Recycling

Follow these four easy steps to participate:

1. Join the Colgate Community Garden Challenge. Click 'JOIN THE PROGRAM FOR FREE' at the top of this page. If your school was signed up to the Bright Smiles, Bright Futures Oral Care Recycling Program, you're automatically in the running to win. 

Important: Your school must be registered in the Colgate Community Garden Challenge in order to participate. Make sure you've listed your Organisation Type as either 'Pre-school' or 'Primary School' or 'High-School' in your TerraCycle account.  

2. Start collecting oral care waste. Collect used oral care products in any old box or bag. Once you have collected 5kgs or more, log into your TerraCycle account and download the free shipping label via the Colgate Community Garden Challenge page.

3. Send us your waste for recycling. Stick the shipping label to your box or bag of oral care waste, and drop it at the closest Australia Post office. Sending your oral care waste is free-of-charge!

4. Earn Garden Points. Every piece of oral care waste received by TerraCycle between 22 February and 30 September will count towards your total Garden Points. Each unit of used, post-consumer oral care waste will count as ten (10) Garden Points. The more waste you send, the more chances you have to win!

Important: Schools with multiple TerraCycle accounts must use the same account each time you send in a shipment of oral care waste. This way, all of your entries will appear in a single account. 

Earn votes from the community

Schools can earn additional Garden Points through online votes from the community. Voting will be open from 22 Februarty 2019 to 30 September 2019. Each vote will count as one (1) Garden Point. To earn more online votes, spread the word about your participation using posters, social media and word-of-mouth!

Grand Prizes

There are five (5) community garden sets up for grabs, each worth over $6,000! (Total prize value: $33,677.15) Each community garden set includes:

  • Three (3) garden beds
  • Two (2) custom-made benches
  • One (1) $500 Bunnings Warehouse gift voucher to buy gardening supplies

The three schools which accrue the most Garden Points in total (based on the weight of the total amount of shipments & total number of votes) will each win a recycled community garden set.

Schools will receive one entry in the final prize draw for sending in at least 1 eligible shipment during the promotion period for the chance to win one of two recycled community garden sets. 

Participants are only eligible to win one (1) community garden set. 

Monthly prizes

For every month from March to September, all schools that send a shipment of oral care waste to TerraCycle will receive 1 entry in the monthly prize draw for that month for the chance to win a prize pack of  60 upcycled pencil cases, valued at $340.80 per pack! (Total prize value: $2,385.60).

Limit of one entry in the monthly prize draw per participant per month. Participants are eligible to win one (1) pack. 

Additionally, for each approved item of oral care waste received by TerraCycle, schools will earn $0.02 to allocate to themselves or a nominated non-profit organisation. 

Click here to read full Terms & Conditions. 

Each shipment must weigh up 20kg maximum. Total prize pool $36,062.75. Authorised under NSW Permit No LTPS/18/30896 , SA No T18/2301 and ACT Permit No TP18/02559

What you can recycle in this program

Program accepted waste: Any brand of used toothpaste tubes, toothbrushes, plastic toothbrush packaging, interdental brushes, wisps, pumps, stand up toothpaste bottles and any kind of non-electric toothbrush or toothpaste tube and all affiliated non-recyclable packaging.


Spread the word!

Encourage the community to drop their oral care waste at your school, and vote for you online! Do a shout-out on Facebook or Instagram using our shareable social media icon; share the news in your school newsletter; stick up these flyers and poster and get students to bring used oral care products from home. Every bit counts!


Learn more about Colgate

Colgate® is proud of their partnership with TerraCycle and is committed to making a difference. As a company that strives to be the best truly global consumer products company, Colgate® is committed to doing business with integrity and respect for all people and for the world around us. 

To learn more about Colgate, click here.