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Published on September 7th, 2015 | by Julie Finn

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There is FINALLY a Crayola Marker Recycling Program

Crayola Marker Take-Back and Recycling ProgramIt finally happened!

Schoolchildren have been trying to get a Crayola marker recycling program.

I also griped years ago about how difficult it is to recycle Crayola markers, too, because, you know, let’s make this about me.

And we have it!

Rather, schoolchildren in North America have it, because Crayola’s new marker recycling program, ColorCycle, is currently only available through schools in the United States and parts of Canada.

The program is free, however, including shipping, and even better–the program doesn’t recycle *only* Crayola markers, but rather ALL markers, including dry-erase markers and highlighters. The markers are then turned into fuel, through a process that is left unexplained and probably involves magic, but there you go. Recycling!

That’s a really big deal, as otherwise, all those plastic barrels and caps just go in the trash.

Starting the program in schools is a great idea, as it’s a way to both hit the major market of marker users–children, of course–and to consolidate all of the infrastructure and human labor involved in collecting, packing, shipping, and receiving these markers into handy school-wide groups. With the use of parent volunteers, the program hopefully will not require any extra effort on the part of teachers, either, since they already have enough to do.

Crayola Marker Recycling ProgramI’m pretty excited about ColorCycle, because my go-to method of recycling Crayola markers is a huge pain in the butt. The Crayola marker recycling program also won’t affect my two favorite methods of upcycling markers; you can make upcycled marker watercolors or upcycled marker alcohol ink, and THEN recycle the markers!

So if you have kids in school, I suggest that you bring up the ColorCycle program to your PTA/PTO and offer to head it up. If you don’t have schoolkids, I suggest that you find some, get them to start the program at their schools, and then give them all your surplus markers.

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I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now. Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.



5 Responses to There is FINALLY a Crayola Marker Recycling Program

  1. Julie says:

    Thanks for letting us know about this! I’m going to ask our school if we can get started with this.

  2. Land Wilson says:

    Here’s an iphone video we made with tips on running a successful marker program at school:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wz_bAHleDlY

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