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Recycled Playground Made Out of Unexpected Material

by Sarah Howell

Many playgrounds around the country use recycled material for their slides, swings, climbing towers, and even ground fill. Recycled rubber tires, for example, provide a cushioned mulch that not only reduces the risk of injuries from falls, but is also an economical way to put old tires to use.

But a school in New Jersey has taken recycling to a whole new level.

A contest sponsored by Colgate, ShopRite, and TerraCycle set up a competition for schools throughout New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut, and New Jersey from March to June. The BelovED Community Charter School in Jersey City won the competition by sending empty toothpaste tubes, toothbrushes, and floss containers to TerraCycle, as well as getting the most votes online.

On behalf of Colgate, ShopRite, and TerraCycle, the school was awarded with a new playground made out of, what else, recycled toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes, and floss containers.

Former PTO president Elijah Wells commented on the importance of a recycled outlet for children during the school day:

“School is not just about the x’s and o’s,” he said. “It’s about the social time that kids could develop friendships for the rest of their lives.”

Source: http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index.ssf/2014/11/jersey_city_school_unveils_pla.html

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