Recycle your used writing instruments through this programme.
The Writing Instruments Recycling Programme has now closed, with shipping labels no longer available. If you already have a label, please ship your waste as soon as possible to ensure it arrives at TerraCycle before 30 September.
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
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.
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.
Each parcel that weighs more than 7kg qualifies for rewards in the form of TerraCycle points. For each kilogram of accepted waste you send through this programme, you'll earn $1 in donation points, redeemable for a payment to a school or charity of your choice.