Area schools recognized in “Recycled Playground Challenge”

Six Grand Rapids area schooled were recognized in this year’s “Recycled Playground Challenge,” courtesy of Colgate-Palmolive (“Colgate”), Meijer and TerraCycle.

The six schools recognized include:

–        First Runner-Up: Dutton Christian School – Caledonia, MI

–        Honorable Mention: Highlands Middle School – Grand Rapids, MI

–        Honorable Mention: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary School – Belmont, MI

–        Honorable Mention: Byron Center Christian School – Byron Center, MI

–        Honorable Mention: Kettle Lake Elementary – Alto, MI

–        Honorable Mention: Zeeland Christian School – Zeeland, MI

Collectively the seven schools earned a total of 56,177 Playground Credits, by recycling waste and via online voting, to place in the contest. The first runner-up prize winner was awarded a $750 Meijer gift card and the schools named as honorable mentions were each awarded a $150 Meijer gift card.

Full set of rules for the 2018 “Recycled Playground Challenge” can be viewed at:

The Recycled Playground Challenge launched April 2018 in schools throughout Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Wisconsin that participate in the Colgate Oral Care Recycling Program, a free, national program operated by Colgate and TerraCycle. During the contest window, participating schools earned 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 toothbrushes, floss containers and empty toothpaste tubes – sent to TerraCycle for recycling. Schools earned additional Playground Credits by encouraging their community, parents and teachers to vote online.

“On behalf of Colgate, I am pleased to congratulate the students, parents and faculty of these schools on being recognized in the Recycled Playground Challenge,” said Juan Pablo Zamorano, President, North America, Colgate-Palmolive. “The energy and passion they put into protecting the environment has truly made a difference.”

“Meijer was built on a fundamental philosophy of supporting the communities we serve,” Meijer Spokeswoman Christina Fecher said. “This achievement will serve as a reminder to the students, parents and faculty of all of their hard work and efforts in recycling.”

The Colgate Oral Care Recycling Program is an ongoing activity, open to any individual, family, school or community group. For each piece of waste sent in using a prepaid shipping label, participants earn money toward donations to the school or charity of their choice. To learn more about the program, please visit