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Writing Instruments Recycling Program

Recycle your used writing instruments through this program

Participating locations
804
Available locations
196
Waste recycled
290
Money raised
$0.00

Recycle your used pens, markers and other accepted waste in this program

Writing Instruments are simple tools that we use on a daily basis, whether it be at home, school or work. Thanks to our partner BIC®, it is easy to recycle them for free, which helps to protect the environment. Here are two options to recycle through this program:

  • Sign up to collect as a school, office or organisation, or become a public drop-off location!
  • Only have a few pens to recycle? From September, drop off used writing instruments at your nearest public drop-off point.
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Drop-off locations

Click on the map to view the public drop-off network. This map will display all locations for all waste streams.
Find nearest public location

This map is constantly being updated

Click on the map above to find your nearest public drop-off location. There is a growing network of public drop-off locations in Australia giving everyone the opportunity to drop off their waste for recycling. These are well-suited for collectors who have a small volume of writing instruments to be recycled.

Become a BIC® Community Champion

If your location would like to become a public drop-off point for your community, please complete the Drop-off Application Form to register. Our team will review and you will receive a confirmation email once you have been added to our network.

How it works

Participating in your home, office, school or organisation is completely free and very easy.

Collect used writing instruments in any box, until you have collected at least 2kg. When you are ready to send in a shipment, download a shipping label from your TerraCycle account by clicking “Request a postage label” and follow the prompts.

Print out your label and tape it securely onto your box. Ship the box to Terracycle by dropping it off at your nearest post office.

Ever wondered what we do with your used writing instruments once they are sent in for recycling? This short video explains the entire recycling process of the writing instruments from collection to the final transformation

What you can recycle in this program

Accepted waste in this programme: All writing instruments (except for wooden pencils, crayons and chalk) are accepted:

Any brand of pen, felt tip, highlighter, marker, correction fluid pot (must be empty), correction tape, mechanical pencil and eraser pen regardless of their composition.

Note that we do not accept glue sticks, erasers, rulers or other cutting objects that could disturb the recycling process. Please be careful not to include any of those items. 

What happens to the waste

Once collected, the writing instruments are cleaned and melted into hard plastic that can be remoulded to make new recycled products. Click here for more information about our recycling process.

Rewards

Earn points for the waste you recycle

Each parcel that weighs more than 2kg qualifies for rewards in the form of TerraCycle points. For each kilogram of accepted waste you send through this program, you'll earn $1 in donation points, redeemable for a payment to a school or charity of your choice.

Resources

LEARN MORE ABOUT BIC®

Did you know that with a BIC® Cristal® pen that only weighs 5.8 g, you could write for 3km? Along with several other BIC® writing and colouring instruments the BIC® Cristal® pen received the NF Environment  Mark (NF 400) which rewards the best products in terms of quality and environmental impact.

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