What to do with Used Markers?

Now that my kids are mostly all grown up, I am trying to go through a lot of the stuff that they have left behind. What to do with all those used markers? SCARCE will accept those that still have ink, to be reused for free by any non-profit organization.

But what about those that no longer work? They certainly do not belong in your recycling bin, and we don’t want you to put them in the trash. Crayola has a program called ColorCycle. Through this initiative, students in grades K through 12 can collect and repurpose used Crayola and other types of markers, including those that are out of ink. Based on their website, ColorCycle is also a great opportunity for teachers and their students to explore eco-friendly practices. Specially developed standards-based lesson plans are available to enrich instruction and promote lively class discussions. Unfortunately, this program is currently only available to schools; religious and other organizations cannot participate.

Another writing tools and art supply company with a marker recycling program is Prang –  see Prang Power Recycling. Anyone can collect the markers and send them in; unlike the Crayola program, a school does not need to lead this effort. However, the only markers that they will take back are their own Prang brand.



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