Shelton school competes for unique playground

St. Lawrence School in Shelton is competing to win a playground made from recycled oral care waste through the second annual Recycled Playground Challenge.

The parochial school will earn one “playground credit” for each shipment of empty toothpaste tubes, toothbrushes and floss containers sent to TerraCycle by students and teachers, and one credit for every online vote cast for the school by June 13 at

The grand prize playground will be made from recycled toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and floss containers collected through a free recycling program operated by Colgate-Palmolive and TerraCycle, a recycling company. A third sponsor of the program is ShopRite supermarkets.

This year’s Recycled Playground Challenge was launched in March among schools in Connecticut and five other states that participate in the free recycling program called Colgate Oral Care Brigade.

The ongoing program is 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 a school or charity. Learn more at