Vernon Township Highway Department in Buffalo Grove, IL Their Annual Recycle-O-Rama turned in 90# of unwanted crayons for recycling --- YAY!
If you are participating in the Crayon Recycle Program and want to post a drop-off location, please let us know and we will share. Team work to help the Earth!
|National CRAYON RECYCLE PROGRAM~ May, 2013|
- This "recycling" education, community service has made it possible to stop more than 88,000 pounds of unwanted crayons from going into landfills with the help from schools, organization educators and kids across this country. Thank you for your efforts to help the Earth.
- The CRAYON RECYCLE PROGRAM takes unwanted, rejected, broken crayons to a better place, where they will be recycled into new crayons!
- The program has drop-off bins nationally.
- The CRAYON RECYCLE PROGRAM and Crazy Crayons, LLC work together, but neither one could exist without kids that care about the Earth.
- We employ people with developmental disabilities, working on a positive impact through community service, environmental education and art.
- All purchases of the CRAZY CRAYONS, Eco Stars, RECYCLE" Sticks, Earth Worms and Earthling Crayons support the CRAYON RECYCLE PROGRAM and recycling education.
|Simple Crayon Prep|
- You don't have to do anything to the crayons! Just collect, box, and ship them as they are. *Note ~ Sort them by colors, only if you want to.
- Please LEAVE THE WRAPPERS ON THE CRAYONS! It's hard to sort the black, purple and blue crayons without wrappers. But we will accept all crayons for recycling, with or without wrappers. Thank you!
- We accept all crayons, but please know that we will sort out and discard crayons (Pre-1995) made in China and other foreign countries that may have questionable content. We ask the restaurants and consumers to purchase only American made crayons, although they may cost a little more, you are assured good quality and not just filling US landfills with foreign waste. We think of crayons very seriously!
Small packages (less than 5 pounds) will cost less shipping via the USPS. USPS offers Priority Flat Rate boxes for a standard fee regardless of weight.
We really appreciate your help covering the shipping expenses for your unwanted crayons. The CRAYON RECYCLE PROGRAM could not exist without this added effort on your part. The National CRAYON RECYCLE PROGRAM does not receive any state, federal or private financial aid and exists solely because of the Earth caring people like you!
We have suggestions to help with the cost of shipping: The shipping cost issues should be a good solution solving project for the kids. Raising the money for shipping is included in the educational value of this program. Get them involved, after all, it's their unwanted crayons that need to be recycled.
Often your local county government such as, Solid Waste Management or Environmental Services Department have grant money or funding to help with recycling, just ask.
OR, often, a parent of a student will have shipping connections, just ask.
OR, consider selling the Crazy Crayons in your "School Store" or at a school event. This is a great way to teach the kids to "Close the Loop" (we will waive the $100 minimum for schools, so they can purchase any amount and receive the wholesale prices).
OR, ask the kids to donate a dime or quarter to help with shipping their unwanted crayons (they always seem to find a quarter when they want to play arcade games).
As adults, we are responsible to pay for curbside service to get rid of our recyclables that we generate and this Crayon Recycle Program will teach the kids to be accountable for their waste of unwanted crayons.
When you are ready to ship your crayons, please consider using these shipping tips to keep your cost down.SHIPPING TIPS:
Use sturdy boxes that closely fit the amount of the contents
(as to avoid crushing or breakage of box).
Crayons don't need to be in plastic bags inside the box.
Please recycle your plastic bags and packing peanuts, we don't need them.
Shipping companies charge extra for boxes weighing over 70 pounds.
*Please ship your unwanted crayons to:
16612 Minnetonka Blvd.
Minnetonka, MN 55345
*PLEASE CHECK THIS WEBSITE BEFORE SHIPPING, BECAUSE THE ADDRESS FOR SHIPPING MAY CHANGE FROM TIME TO TIME, DEPENDING ON THE LOCATION OF WHERE THE CRAYONS ARE BEING SORTED. Current: May 2013
|Ideas for collecting unwanted crayons for recycling!|
- Provide a drop-off bin (a box works fine), put it in an easy to see location, and let everyone know it's there. The kids can decorate the bin, place the bin on a scale, set a goal and graph their progress (great visuals).
- The kids should think about where they see crayons going in the trash in their community such as: Restaurants, clinic waiting rooms, day cares, etc.
Tons of crayons are thrown away without a second thought.
This "educational tool" teaches the kids to recycle something that actually belongs to them and they can relate to, "then they teach the parents"!
Now kids can recycle something of their very own! A crayon drive can be organized by kids at a classroom level and brought to a community level.
Let your local media know about this recycle program that "makes soooo much sense" and maybe the kids will get some media recognition for the great efforts they are making to help the Earth!
- The National Grand Champions of the Crayon Recycle Program are the schools in New Jersey. In the past 10 years they have sent in OVER 26,000 POUNDS of unwanted crayons for recycling. WOW!! That's OVER 13 TONS of crayons that didn't go into their landfills!!!! YAY!!
The kids should be involved as much as possible. They can decorate the bin (using the coloring page that we will send as a pdf attachment, if you request a copy via email) and while they are coloring, discuss the issues of more than 120,000 POUNDS of crayons are made EVERY DAY in this country and crayons are a petroleum-based product that shouldn't be going into landfills. They can put their bin on a scale, set a goal (a good goal is 1 pound per child), and graph their progress using a thermometer graph. To make a simple thermometer graph (the kids can do this): Use a piece of card board, a large piece for a floor stand-up version or a small piece for a table top version. Cut a slit at the top and a slit at the bottom. Cut a piece of white ribbon or elastic and use red marker to color the part that will go up like a thermometer. Thread this ribbon through the slits, pulling it real snug and connecting the two ends on the back side with several staples. Put the date that you start the program at the bottom and the goal you want to reach at the top with some dates and weight measurements in between. This graph is a great visual for the kids to keep track of their progress.