Paradise Knoll Green Team of Oak Ridge has been named an honorable mention in the “Recycled Playground Challenge,” courtesy of Colgate-Palmolive (“Colgate”), the global oral care leader; ShopRite, which has more than 250 stores in the Northeast; and recycling pioneer TerraCycle.

“Not only is recycling important, but TerraCycle gives us, individuals/companies that care about our environment, a platform to make a difference; it also aligns with what the political world has discussed about making changes to the way we treat our Earth,” said Joyce Troast and Brian Leslie, Paradise Knoll Green Team Advisors.

Paradise Knoll Green Team earned a total of 8,828 Playground Credits by recycling waste and through online voting to place in the contest. The honorable mention prize winners will receive a $150 ShopRite Gift Card, 500 Colgate® kids toothbrushes, and 500 Colgate kids toothpaste tubes.

Full set of rules for the 2017 “Recycled Playground Challenge” can be viewed:

The Recycled Playground Challenge launched in March 2017 among schools throughout New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut and Maryland participating in the Colgate Oral Care Recycling Program a free recycling program operated by Colgate and TerraCycle. During the contest window, participating schools earned one Playground Credit for each unit of oral care waste, such as empty toothpaste tubes and floss containers, sent to TerraCycle for recycling. Schools earned additional Playground Credits by encouraging parents and teachers to vote online.

Troast and Leslie continued, “I do not remember who said this but one student nailed it on the head: "Who would of thought that recycling not only helps our environment, but it also can put money in our pockets?”

“On behalf of Colgate, I am pleased to congratulate the Paradise Knoll Green Team on being named an honorable mention 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.”

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 pre-paid shipping label, participants earn money toward donations to the school or charity of their choice. To learn more about the Colgate® Oral Care Recycling Program program, please visit