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Writing Instrument Commercial Recycling - FAQ

This program is private and ONLY available to commercial users.

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You may collect and recycle any brand of writing instruments for this recycling program. Please refer to the accepted waste poster for the types of waste that are accepted.

Writing Instruments Recycling Program accepted waste:

  1. Pens and pen caps
  2. Mechanical pencils
  3. Markers and marker caps
  4. Markers and marker caps

Please do not include crayons, wooden pencils, or colored pencils.

You can request an official recycling box from Newell-Rubbermaid at no cost! Simply contact your Newell-Rubbermaid Sales Representative for more information.

Only one email address can be associated with each TerraCycle account. All correspondence and requested shipping labels will be sent to this email address. For larger businesses or universities with multiple buildings or campuses, TerraCycle recommends electing a point person to manage their TerraCycle account.

The Writing Instruments Commercial Recycling Program is a private program only open to Newell Rubbermaid’s customers. If you are not a customer, please visit the Writing Instrument Recycling Program open to the public.

No, your shipment can be any size to be shipped to TerraCycle and to earn the TerraCycle point donation. 

To earn TerraCycle points, your shipments can weigh any size. Each piece of waste your location sends in will earn you about 2 TerraCycle points. Writing instruments are counted based on an average unit weight of 0.022 lbs.

We welcome anyone from almost any organization to join in our recycling efforts! There are some practical considerations to keep in mind, however. For example, our programs are not designed to accommodate recycling centers.

TerraCycle Recycling Programs are open to all U.S. States EXCEPT for Alaska and Hawaii. If you live in Alaska or Hawaii, your account will be automatically deactivated and your location will not be able to print or request labels. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to have Recycling Programs running in those states and territories in the future.

If you live in another country, please visit the TerraCycle World Map to see if you can recycle with TerraCycle in your country.

TerraCycle runs completely free recycling solutions that are made possible by our brand partners. For a complete list of our Recycling Programs, click here.

If you wish for your school or charitable organization to be the recipient of a cash donation, make sure you have its Tax ID # handy. Then, follow the steps below:

  1. Log in to your account.
  2. Select the “My Impact” tab on your account profile.
  3. Select “Add new charity."
  4. Search for your school or charity to see if it already exists in our database.
  5. If it doesn’t exist, complete the form with your school or charity’s information.

Please note: If you do not enter the correct tax ID number for your school or charity, TerraCycle will be unable to disburse payments. A federal tax ID number will be formatted XX-XXXXXXX. Please be sure that you do not have the state sales tax exempt number.

You do not have to donate your points to a school or charity in order to participate in TerraCycle programs. You can choose to redeem your points towards one of TerraCycle's charitable gifts or you may search through our database of approved charities. You may also redeem your TerraCycle points for TerraCycle products and collection materials.

You do not have to donate to a charitable organization to participate in TerraCycle programs.

You can choose to redeem your points towards one of TerraCycle's charitable gifts or you may search through our database of approved charities. You may also redeem your TerraCycle points for TerraCycle products and collection materials.

You can distribute your points any way that you would like. You simply have to add each charity or school that you would like to donate points to. 

Points are not automatically disbursed to charities. You must redeem your points for a cash donation via your account in order for a check to be disbursed to the charity of your choice. If you need assistance with this, please contact TerraCycle Customer Support at: 1-866–967–6766 or email

Additionally, cash donations are mailed directly to the not-for-profit, charity, or school you selected, not to the personal address listed on your account.

All cash donations requested between May 1st and October 31st will be disbursed in January. All cash donations requested between November 1st and April 30th will be disbursed in June. Please note that there is a minimum of 1,000 points or $10 needed for each cash donation.

You should contact your Newell-Rubbermaid Sales Representative for any specific questions related to your Newell-Rubbermaid account. If you have any questions about this recycling program, however, please do not hesitate to reach out to TerraCycle Customer Support representatives at or 1-866-967-6766.

To recycle your waste, all you have to do is join at least one Recycling Program and start collecting the waste stream indicated on the Recycling Program page. This is when you can get your friends and family involved! The more people collecting with you the more waste you will divert from landfill.

To get started, check out our Collect, Store, and Ship Guide. This guide contains a few easy tips and tricks to starting and maintaining TerraCycle programs at your location.

Some Recycling Programs have shipment size requirements to earn TerraCycle points, but you do not have to meet these requirements if you do not wish to receive TerraCycle points. All shipment sizes may be shipped completely for free and your waste will still be recycled, you simply won’t earn the point donation.

When you are ready to ship your waste, download a free shipping label from your TerraCycle account and affix it to your box of waste. You can then drop it off at any UPS location.

After you have joined a TerraCycle free recycling program, you may print a free, pre-paid shipping label by going to the "Collection Programs" tab on your account. Please note that you will need to be logged in to your TerraCycle account to print shipping labels.

You can also recycle almost every type of waste through our Zero Waste Box Program. Click here to learn more.

If for any reason you need to change or update your information, please select the “Profile” tab located on your account and then simply click "Edit My Profile". If you still need assistance or have questions please contact TerraCycle Customer Support at: 1-866–967–6766 FREE or email

Your TerraCycle account will not be deactivated; however, your available TerraCycle points will expire from your account if there is no activity for one year. Activity is considered to be printing a shipping label, sending in a shipment, or redeeming points.

Further, if you do not send in a shipment for six or more consecutive months in each of your Recycling Programs, you may be removed from the program, in order for us to allow another participant the opportunity to collect and send waste. For more information, please see our Terms and Conditions.

TerraCycle products are made either by upcycling or recycling the collected waste.

Upcycling is defined as using or valuing every aspect of waste in order to give it a new useful life.

Recycling is defined as extracting materials from one product and using them to make an entirely new product.

For a more detailed description of each of these processes, please click here.