Salesian College Sunbury students are adopting admirable oral morals when it comes to recycling.

The students are seeking used toothpaste tubes, bottles and caps, toothbrushes and floss containers for their oral hygiene waste recycling drive. They are planning to have the items upcycled into sustainable products.

Year 10 student Michelle Grover said the drive was motivated by the recycling crisis impacting communities all over Australia.

“We chose to collect oral hygiene waste to be recycled after hearing the news recently that our recycling was going to landfill,” she said.

“We wanted to be able to recycle something, so we looked at a number of different drives and this was the one that we thought would have the most educational impact since these products are really only thought of as disposable.

“I personally use a lot of toothbrushes [and] toothpaste tubes in a year. Donating this rubbish can help our planet.”

Principal Mark Brockhus said the college had firm beliefs on recycling and looking after the environment, especially around the college’s grounds.

“Our college is extremely proud of the innovative ways our students continue to try to make a difference in their community and to the environment,” he said.

Items can be handed in to college reception, 1 Macedon Street, Sunbury.