Are Coloring Markers Recyclable in NYC?

August 27th, 2018 by

Crayola ColorCycle Initiative in Brooklyn and NYC

Here in the greater NYC area, we typically do not have a lot of extra space in our homes, so if something wears out or breaks, we simply just throw it away and buy a replacement. This is extremely common with school supplies – especially coloring markers. With the new school year just around the corner and families out shopping for new school supplies, we thought that we would share some information about a special initiative that is coordinated by one of the most famous school supply brands – which is Crayola.

Crayola is well known for its colorful markers that help bring our drawings to life, and approximately 465 million markers are made every year. That requires A LOT of plastic! As much as we love our Crayola markers, we know that they won’t last forever and will most likely just throw away the old ones and buy a new set. If you simply throw away those markers, they will end up in landfills around New York – or worse, in natural environments that are home to wildlife.

To help keep plastic markers out of the trash, Crayola’s ColorCycle initiative allows you to send in your old markers so the brand can recycle them for you. Log onto and follow the instructions so you can receive a shipping label (shipping is free in the contiguous U.S.). Fill up a cardboard box with your old markers and send them in!

If you are looking to team up with others to make the most out of the initiative, we suggest reaching out to your local schools to see if they are participating in the program and if you can leave your old markers with them.

From all of us here at Brooklyn Mitsubishi, have a wonderful school year!

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