Okay. I’m really excited about this. As a parent of a young child, we go through a LOT of markers. I’ve done so much Google research on what to do with dry markers because it makes me feel awful about throwing them out. Well! My prayers have been answered with this new Terracycle Brigade, a partnership with Staples and Newell Rubbermaid. Now I can tell you where to recycle markers and pens, Canadians! Staples!
As far as I can tell, this is a Canadian initiative. (Makes me proud to live up north!) You can recycle any type of writing utensils, including:
- Any brand of pens and pen caps
- Any brand of mechanical pencils
- Any brand of markers and marker caps
- Any brand of highlighters and highlighter caps
- Any brand of permanent markers and permanent marker caps
From the Brigade page:
“TerraCycle Canada will recycle the depleted writing instruments into items like park benches, waste bins and more. For every used Sharpie®, Paper Mate®, Expo® and uni-ball® product received, $0.02 will be donated to the charity, Earth Day Canada.” (These are all Newell Rubbermaid brands.)
The Terracycle Brigade page has a search box where you can enter your postal code to find a Staples location near you that is participating in this awesome program.
How cool is this? I’ve got a huge pile in a reusable bag that I’m bringing to recycle at my next visit!
UPDATE: I’ve now heard that CRAYOLA will pay for shipping used markers for recycling in the US and in some parts of Canada now! Check it out!
ANOTHER UPDATE: If you have THICK CRAYOLA markers, Canadian Tiny Toy Co. will take them to make learning kits with the lids, and recycle the marker parts through Crayola! You can mail them to Tiny Toy Co., or if you’re in the Toronto area, look for a drop off location!
What do you usually do with your used writing utensils?
(Disclosure: No compensation was received for this post. Opinions expressed are my own.)