Recycle your toothbrushes to reduce landfill

The Borough of Queenscliffe Council, in partnership with the Queenscliff Kindergarten, has launched a new recycling program to support residents in their quest to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.

Used toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and dental floss containers can now be dropped off at Council’s offices for recycling.

The program was launched at the Queenscliff Kindergarten during National Recycling Week 2017 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.

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.

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.

Click here to find out more about Council’s latest recycling program.

The toothbrush recycling program is being delivered as an initiative of the Community Environment Alliance.