Ringoes School Competing in Recycled Playground Challenge


East Amwell Township School is competing to win a playground made from recycled oral care waste through the fourth annual Recycled Playground Challenge, courtesy of Colgate-Palmolive (“Colgate”), the global oral care leader; ShopRite, which has more than 260 stores in the Northeast; and recycling pioneer TerraCycle.

East Amwell Township School will earn one (1) ‘Playground Credit’ for each unit  (“unit” defined as 0.02 lbs of used, post-consumer oral care products and packaging) of oral care waste, such as empty toothpaste tubes and floss containers, sent to TerraCycle for recycling. An additional credit is earned for every online vote cast for the school at www.terracycle.com/colgateshopriteplayground2017 before June 30, 2017. The grand prize playground will be made from recycled oral care waste collected through the Colgate® Oral Care Recycling Program, a free, national program operated by Colgate and TerraCycle.

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Full set of rules for the 2017 “Recycled Playground Challenge” can be viewed: www.terracycle.com/colgateshopriteplayground2017

“Students in grades pre-school through 8 collect materials at home, in their classrooms and even in extra-curricular after school activities because they are so committed to helping the Earth by giving everyday trash another life at TerraCycle,” said Sharon Ernst, 5th grade teacher at East Amwell Township School. “Throughout the community there are collections at the Municipal Building and various businesses, as well!”

This year’s Recycled Playground Challenge launched March 12, 2017 among schools throughout New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut and Maryland that participate in the Colgate Oral Care Recycling Program.


East Amwell Township School has diverted 764,000 pieces of waste through TerraCycle so far.  Ms. Ernst continued, “TerraCycle and the participating recycling programs for the collections have helped us to afford compost bins, native plants for butterflies and birds, gardening tools for the students, bleachers, a green house, etc. We could really use any votes that the community can give to us. We would love to win, to show that collecting makes a difference in the community.”

The Colgate Oral Care Recycling Program is an ongoing activity, open to any individual, family, school or community group.  For each piece of waste sent in using a pre-paid shipping label, participants earn money toward donations to the school or charity of their choice.  To learn more about the program, please visit www.terracycle.com/colgate.

About Colgate-Palmolive Company
Colgate-Palmolive is a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. Colgate-Palmolive sells its products in over 200 countries and territories around the world under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, Mennen, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sorriso, Kolynos, elmex, Tom’s of Maine, Sanex, Ajax, Axion, Soupline, and Suavitel, as well as Hill’s Science Diet and Hill’s Prescription Diet. For more information about Colgate-Palmolive’s global business, visit the Company’s website at www.colgatepalmolive.com. To learn more about Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures®, Colgate’s global oral health education program, please visit www.colgatebsbf.com.

About ShopRite
ShopRite is the registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer-owned cooperative based in Keasbey, NJ, and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States.  With more than 260 ShopRite supermarkets located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves more than six million customers each week.  A long-time supporter of key community efforts, ShopRite is dedicated to fighting hunger in the communities it serves. Through its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, ShopRite has donated $40 million to 2,000 worthy charities and food banks since the program began in 1999.  As a title sponsor of the LPGA’s ShopRite Classic, ShopRite has raised more than $30 million for local organizations, hospitals and community groups. For more information, please visit www.ShopRite.com.


About TerraCycle

Founded in 2001, TerraCycle, Inc., is the world’s leader in the collection and repurposing of hard-to-recycle post-consumer waste, ranging from used chip bags to coffee capsules to cigarette butts. The waste is collected through free, national, brand-funded recycling programs, as well as various consumer and government-funded models. The collected waste is reused, upcycled or recycled into a variety of affordable, sustainable consumer products and industrial applications. Each year, across 21 countries, TerraCycle collects and repurposes billions of pieces of waste, donating millions of dollars to schools and charities in the process. To learn more about TerraCycle or get involved in our recycling programs, please visit www.terracycle.com.