The Writing Instruments Recycling Programme

Recycle your writing instruments with this programme

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Recycle your used pens, and other accepted waste in this programme

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.

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Please note the programme is currently full. Please drop off your waste at an existing drop-off location.

Drop-off locations

Click on the map for drop-off locations

This map is constantly being updated

You can find all the BIC® Community Champions (drop-off locations) via the interactive map above.

At a BIC® Community Champion location, everyone can come and drop off their waste writing instruments. You can find all the collection points on the interactive map above. When you bring your waste to a BIC® Community Champion location, only the person in charge of it will receive TerraCycle points and will be able to redeem them for the school, charity or non-profit of their choice.
Before going to a BIC® Community Champion location, if the contact details are listed we recommend you to call / email the person in charge of it, to check if the collection point is still active and if the opening hours are correct. You can find all the information on the map.

How it works

Please note the programme is currently full. To recycle your writing instruments, please drop off your writing instruments at your nearest BIC® Community Champion (public drop-off location). To find your nearest public drop-off location, please use the interactive map above. 

What you can recycle in this programme

Accepted waste in this programme : All writing instruments (except for wooden pencils and chalk) are accepted : Any brand of pen, felt tip, highlighter, marker, correction fluid pot, 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. 

Please check out our Accepted Waste Poster below for more details.

Best practices for collecting

We advise the person in charge of any BIC® Community Champion location to send shipments of at least 15kg of used writing instruments. 15kg is the minimum weight requirement in order to receive £0.01 per writing instrument to donate to the school, charity or non-profit of the sender's choice.

Once your box is securely taped (with no loose edges or corners), print the pre-paid label from your TerraCycle account and attach it to the box. Then simply drop if off at a UPS access point or order a pick-up via UPS by calling 03457 877 877 and UPS will collect it directly from your location. 

What happens to this waste

Once collected, the writing instruments are separated by material composition, cleaned and melted into hard plastic that can be remolded to make new recycled products.

Click here to learn more about the recycling process.


This programme offers 100 TerraCycle® points for each kilogram of writing instruments sent. However, the points will only be awarded if the parcel reaches the minimum weight of 15 kilograms. 

For example:

10 kilograms = 0 TerraCycle® points
15 kilograms = 1,500 TerraCycle® points
20 kilograms = 2,000 TerraCycle® points

Please note that TerraCycle® points are only credited to the accounts of public drop-off location administrators as a reward for their collection efforts. The number of points given is determined by the weight of the parcel. 1 TerraCycle® point is worth 1 penny.

Once credited, the points can be redeemed into financial donations to the charity or school chosen by the owner of the points. The points must be redeemed on the TerraCycle® website.


Need help communicating  to your community about what you are doing? Download our posters and leaflets below : 


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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