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Writing Instruments Recycling Program

Recycle used writing instruments through this program.

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Recycling in partnership with Newell Brands

TerraCycle® and Newell Brands, have partnered to create a free recycling program for used writing instruments as well as a fundraising opportunity for participants.

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While you wait for more slots to become available in this program, we encourage you to look at our Pens, Pencils, and Markers Zero Waste Box

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How it works

Participating is completely free and very easy.

What you can recycle in this program

Program accepted waste: Pens and pen caps, mechanical pencils, markers and marker caps, permanent markers and permanent marker caps

What happens to the waste

Once collected, the writing instruments are separated by material composition. The separated items are then cleaned, shredded, and made into new recycled products. Click here to learn more about the recycling process.


TerraCycle Points

TerraCycle points can be redeemed for a variety of charitable gifts, product bundles, or a payment of $0.01 per point to the non-profit organization or school of your choice. To learn more about our points program, click here.


Do-it-yourself projects

Check out these inspiring projects that show you how you can reuse this waste stream right at home.

Learn more about Newell Brands

Newell Brands believes that you should have peace of mind when choosing your writing instrument, which is why they've partnered to create a new life for pens, markers, and pencils.

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