A new recycling program has launched in the Borough of Queenscliffe to help residents in their quest to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.
Thanks to the Queenscliff Kindergarten and the Borough of Queenscliffe Council, residents can now drop off used toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and dental floss containers at Council’s offices for recycling.
The program launched during National Recycling Week and provides the only recycling option available for toothbrushes, which would otherwise be sent to landfill.
A dedicated toothbrush collection point has been set up in the foyer of Council’s offices at 50 Learmonth Street, Queenscliff. Residents should ensure toothbrushes are dry and toothpaste tubes and dental floss containers are empty before dropping them in the collection bin.
“Council’s new recycling program complements our annual e-waste collection event, the household battery recycling program and the kerbside recycling and green waste bin service, which have lead to significant reductions in the amount of waste sent to landfill by residents from the Borough, “ said the Mayor, Cr Tony Francis.
“According to dental associations, we should be changing our toothbrushes every three to four months. Therefore, our population of 3,000 could potentially divert 12,000 toothbrushes from landfill each year through this program,” said Cr Francis.
“Our residents have already demonstrated their commitment to recycling, and we are very proud to offer this additional option in partnership with the parents and students of Queenscliff Kindergarten.”
The Queenscliff Kindergarten introduced the toothbrush recycling program for its kinder families earlier this year as part of its environment program. Expanding the program to include a public drop-off point at Council’s offices allows the wider Borough community to support the kindergarten and provides a recycling option for these frequently-replaced items.
Following collection, the toothbrushes are sent to recycling company, TerraCycle, where they are cleaned and shredded. The shredded material is then heated and compressed for moulding into new products including park benches, picnic tables and even playground equipment.
The toothbrush recycling program is being delivered as an initiative of the Community Environment Alliance, a partnership of Queenscliffe locals working together to reduce carbon emissions and protect the environment. Visit www.queenscliffe.vic.gov.au/cea for more information.