Recycling Contest Returns

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TerraCycle announces the third annual Recycled Playground Challenge, a contest with partners Colgate-Palmolive (“Colgate”) and Meijer, that encourages healthy habits among school children and their communities, and awards a recycled playground to a winning school.

Running April 23-June 30, schools located throughout Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Wisconsin can join TerraCycle’s Oral Care Recycling Program, a free, national program run by Colgate and TerraCycle, and compete to win a new playground made completely of recycled material.

Schools participating in the contest earn one ‘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 within the timeframe. Additional Playground Credits are earned through online voting at Legacy Christian School of Grand Rapids was the winner of the 2016Recycled Playground Challenge after earning a total of 102,098 Playground Credits.

The school that earns the most Playground Credits by June 30 will be announced as the winner of the grand prize playground in July 2017 before the playground installation in fall 2017. The first and second runner-up schools, as well as six honorable mention participants, will be awarded various prizes and Meijer gift cards.

In addition to donating gift certificates for the runner-up schools, Meijer is also encouraging community participation in the contest with displays throughout its stores.

“TerraCycle is thrilled that Colgate and Meijer have decided to bring back the Recycled Playground Challenge for 2017,” said TerraCycle CEO Tom Szaky. “It’s a chance for young students to gain valuable knowledge about sustainability and get the opportunity to make a difference within their school and community.”

For instructions on how to participate, please visit or your local Meijer retailer.

To learn more about the Colgate Oral Care Recycling Program and to sign up, please visit

About Colgate-Palmolive

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 To learn more about Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures®, Colgate’s global oral health education program, please visit

About Meijer

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates more than 230 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer pioneered the “one-stop shopping” concept and has evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, pet departments, garden centers, toys and electronics offerings. For more information on Meijer, please visit Follow Meijer on Twitter and or become a fan at

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

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