Monday, September 9, 2013

Crayola ColorCycle

Have you heard about Crayola's ColorCycle program? Someone told me about it last week and I just got both my schools signed up. Similar to the Elmer's Glue Crew program I described here, you just set up a collection bin at your school and when your box is full, the company will pay for shipping to collect the waste. From their website,

Crayola ColorCycle - Turn Crayola Markers Into Energy!

Crayola and schools across North America are banding together to help kids understand the importance of their role in protecting the environment. That’s why we are launching Crayola ColorCycle. Through this initiative, students in K-12 schools across the continental United States and parts of Canada can collect used markers and send them to a conversion facility where they will be transformed into clean-burning fuel.

How cool is that? The FAQ section states that they will accept other brands' markers, not just Crayola. They even accept dry erase markers and highlighters. Your school doesn't earn any money for this program, but it's still a great thing to do and a fun way to teach students about recycling. I've just got to make a cool box to hold the dried up markers now! Will you join me in recycling? I hope so!


  1. I love the idea of promoting recycling the used markers. One of the teachers in my local PLC told us that she soaks old, dried up markers in water for a week or two, which creates liquid watercolors. My students and I tried it last year with great results....good color and at no cost beyond the initial purchase of the markers. We put five or six old markers in each cup of water to get the maximum color. Yellows and pinks are very light, but the other colors are quite lovely pastel shades. Maybe now I'll add recycling to our reusing! Thanks for the tip!