Do the Write Thing…Recycle Your Pens, Mechanical Pencils and Markers Starting June 1st

Cleaning out classrooms or lockers at the end of school? Don’t throw away dried-up markers and pens – you can recycle them at the Wellesley Town Hall and the Wellesley Free Library starting Friday, June 1, 2018.

The Natural Resources Commission is partnering with the Department of Public Works on a zero waste solution for old pens, pencils, and markers. Throw items into the specially-marked TerraCycle recycling boxes in the Town Hall Lobby and the children’s area at the Wellesley Free Library Main branch. TerraCycle will separate the components, smelting the metal and molding the plastic into new plastic products.

Accepted items: Pens, pen caps, mechanical pencils, markers, marker caps, permanent markers, and permanent marker caps.

Not Accepted: Wooden pencils, colored pencils, paint brushes, batteries, paint, pressurized containers, or medical sharps.

Next time you shop for school supplies, consider switching to refillable pens, and use wooden colored pencils instead of plastic markers and highlighters to reduce your plastic waste!

Questions? Email nrc@wellesleyma.gov

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