With recycling markets tanking everywhere (see New York Times article, “As Costs Skyrocket, More U.S. Cities Stop Recycling”), now that China is not buying most of the recycling it used to buy from this country, it’s becoming more clear that recycling is becoming harder to do, and trash has been building up more than we realized.
Crayola Launches Fun Marker Collection Recycling Bins
What is catching on, therefore, is increased awareness of where people can tweak the small stuff in their lives to get rid of stuff without throwing it into the trash. Crayola offers this initiative for schools looking to reduce waste. It’s called ColorCycle, and information can be found here. Says South Avenue’s Principle Laura Cahill: “The South Avenue PTA started the color box in conjunction with Crayola Colorcycle, and we are encouraging families to send in their old markers throughout the year. We also put markers in here at school as they get used up during class.”
Says Ryan Green, Vice President of South Avenue’s PTA: “Any kind of marker can be collected from any brand. Dry erase, permanent, doesn't matter. You can send them to school with your kids, and teachers send the little messengers to dump the markers into the tube.”
If you’re in a house that is has a high marker-loss count, where tops and bodies are found scattered on the floor and in the couch, they now have a place to rest and find a second life. If you don’t have a kid at South Avenue, consider setting aside your markers for a friend who is.
To start getting into the habit of putting trashed markers into a separate place that is not the regular trash can, simply designate a pretty box or container in your home, and collect the markers over time. I just stepped on a blue dry erase marker last night. Top on the floor, body on the desk. Dried out and done.
Also, Bottles and Cans Collections For Recycling And Fundraising
The South Avenue PTA, and several other PTA/Os at other schools, also have Bottle and Can Collection points where you can give them your bottles and cans instead of putting them into your big orange top recycling bin. It has been announced by recycling professionals at Beacon City Council meetings that glass collection is becoming difficult to sort through. Broken glass contaminates the recycling collection at large, and can cause for waste aka recycling materials that are no longer eligable for being recycled.