Colgate Community Garden Challenge

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

Recycle for your chance to win a community garden set for your school!

Colgate, Chemist Warehouse and TerraCycle are thrilled to announce the 2020 Colgate Community Garden Challenge is back, with even more prizes up for grabs!

All pre-, primary, secondary, intermediate and special schools are invited to join the Colgate Community Garden Challenge! Schools can start collecting oral care waste and online votes for their chance to win one of seven recycled community garden sets! 

The 2020 competition has now come to an end, see below for our winners! Stay tuned as we'll be back next year with another challenge - but don't forget, you can continue to recycle your oral care waste all year round.

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We're thrilled to announce the winners of the 2020 competition!

  • St Peter's Rochedale Primary School in Brisbane, QLD with 74,676 Garden Points!
  • Gladesville Public School in Sydney, NSW with 69251 Garden Points!
  • Westmead Public School in Sydney, NSW with 58,618 Garden Points!

...and congratulations to our four lucky draw winners!

  • John Curtin College Of The Arts 
  • Camboon Primary School
  • Saint Francis De Sales
  • Kangaroo Valley Public School

Thanks to everyone who has participated in this years Colgate Community Garden Challenge. Don't forget, you can continue to recycle your oral care waste all year long. We'll be back next year with a new challenge! 

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. 

Earn Garden Points by recycling

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

How do I join the competition?

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.

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. Log into your TerraCycle account and download the free shipping label via the Colgate Community Garden Challenge page. Each shipment must weigh up to 20kg maximum.

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 24 February and 02 October 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 be credited towards a single account on the leader board. 

Earn votes from the community

Schools can earn additional Garden Points through online votes from the community. Voting will be open from 24 February 2020 to 02 October 2020. 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 seven (7) recycled community garden sets up for grabs, each made with oral care waste and worth over $5,000! (Total prize value: $37,156.18) Each community garden set includes:

  • One (1) garden bed
  • One (1) bench with planter boxes
  • One (1) picnic table
  • One (1) $200 Bunnings Warehouse gift voucher to buy gardening supplies

The three (3) 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 one (1) eligible shipment during the promotion period for the chance to win one (1) of four (4) recycled community garden sets. 

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

Monthly prizes

For every month of the competition, 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 one of two prize packs of 60 upcycled toothbrush pens, valued at $89.10 per pack! (Total prize value: $1,247.40).

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 to 20kg maximum as per Australia Post requirements. Total prize pool $37,156.18. Sponsor is Colgate-Palmolive P/L and Promoter is Terracycle Australia. 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, non-electric toothbrushes, floss containers, interdental brushes, electric toothbrushes heads.

Electric toothbrush handles and bases are not accepted as part of this competition and should be recycled using the electric toothbrush recycling program.

Promotions and contests

Colgate® Vote For Your School Competition

Recycling Program: Colgate® Vote For Your School Competition
Timeline: 11 October 2021 - 20 December 2021
Prize: TWO recycling stations made out of recycled oral care waste!
How to win: Vote, quiz and colour in for your school to win!


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; 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.