GR school wins playground made from recyclables

A ribbon ceremony at Legacy Christian Elementary School for its new playground made of recyclable materials on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Dozens of schools from six states competed and one local school took home the grand prize of a brand new playground made entirely of recycled materials.

Legacy Christian Elementary School in Grand Rapids unveiled their new playground Wednesday afternoon at a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Nearly 86,000 votes, more than 15,000 recycled materials and a countless amount of community support is what it took to win the 2016 Recycled Playground Challenge.

The competition was put on by Colgate, Meijer and TerraCycle — a company that makes new products out of recycled material.

Legacy’s new playground is made entirely from old oral care products — from toothbrushes to floss containers — which the students themselves contributed to.

“It’s cool to think that my old toothbrush, instead of going in the trash, can go be made into our playground,” a Legacy Christian Elementary School student said.

It’s also worth noting that both the first and second runner ups were also schools in West Michigan — Alto’s Kettle Lake Elementary and Dutton Christian School in Caledonia.