Now that the barrel is open at both ends, thump the bottom on a tabletop until the ink well slides down enough for you to be able to grab it, too, and pull it out of the barrel. For fun, you can also slice this ink well down the middle with your box knife and pull out the stuffing, which usually still has at least some ink inside. My kiddos love to play with these for a bit, rubbing them onto paper or onto their hands, with which they can then make surprisingly effective handprints and fingerprints. When you’re finished playing, the ink wells also go in the trash pile.
When you’ve completely broken down the marker, you’ll have a pile of nibs, ink wells, and end plugs to throw away, and a pile of Crayola marker caps and plastic barrels to recycle. Our city offers curbside recycling of all plastics #1-#6, but because these barrels and caps don’t have the #5 stamped on them, I save them and take them personally to my local recycling center when I have big pile. I also bring that Crayola spec sheet that I showed you earlier as proof of the plastic’s recyclability, just in case the manager doesn’t happen to remember the crazy lady who brings in her broken-down Crayola markers in to recycle twice a year.
Yeah, she always remembers me.