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Bright Smiles, Bright Futures™ Oral Care Recycling Program

Recycle oral care products through this program and enter the competition for your chance to win $1,000 and a recycled park bench for your school!

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Recycle in partnership with Colgate®

Welcome to all primary schools receiving Colgate® Bright Smiles, Bright Futures™ oral health education kits. Join this recycling program for free and help divert landfill waste by sending your oral care waste to TerraCycle.

Don't miss out - the school that sends in the most oral care waste before 1 November 2017 will win AU$1,000 and a recycled park bench for their school! 

Additionally, for each approved item of oral care waste received, you will earn $0.02 per item for funding towards your school or nominated charity.

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How it works

Collect and send in your first shipment and soon you will be on your way to earn points and win great prizes throughout the year. As a special incentive, Colgate® will award AU$1,000 and a recycled park bench customised with kids' drawings to the registered school in Australia that sends in the most oral care waste to be recycled throughout the year before 1 November 2017.** Participating in the Oral Care Recycling Program is free and runs year-round, winners will be announced in November 2017. 

**For full terms and conditions relating to this promotion, please click here.

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.

Best practices for recycling

In order to recycle this waste stream properly, please make sure all excess product has been removed (i.e. leftover toothpaste). Additionally, if you choose to rinse your product, please note that it must be completely dry prior to shipping. You cannot ship dripping packages.

What happens to the waste

Once collected, the oral waste and foil wraps are cleaned and melted into hard plastic that can be remolded to make new recycled products. Click here to learn more about the recycling process. 


TerraCycle Points

TerraCycle points can be redeemed for a payment of $0.02 per unit received to the non-profit organisation or school of your choice. To learn more about our points program, click here


Need help getting started? From downloadable posters to videos and guides, there are plenty of resources available to help you make an even bigger difference on the environment.

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Learn more about Bright Smiles, Bright Futures

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.

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