What do you do with your old pens, felt tips and highlighters?
Kids of all ages get through pens so quickly; from little ones making their first marks on paper with chunky felt tips, to teenagers with their mountains of school work. But what do you do with all those pens once they’ve run out, become worn out or dried up?
BIC have teamed up with Terracycle to launch The Writing Instruments Recycling Programme, ensuring all these unwanted pens don’t just end up in the bin. There are currently 445 collection points across the UK where you can drop off your used pens to be recycled, helping to protect the environment.
The drop-off points are local schools, or locations acting on behalf of schools. The coordinator (or BIC Community Champion) will receive Terracycle points for each 15kg box of pens collected and be able to redeem these points as cash for the school.
Anyone can drop off their used pens with a local BIC Community Champion and the pens don’t even have to be BIC ones – all brands are accepted! Any pen, felt tip, highlighter, or marker can be recycled, along with correction fluid pots, correction tape and mechanical pencils. The recycling programme does not currently accept wooden pencils, chalk, glue sticks, erasers, rulers, scissors or other sharp objects.
The writing instruments will be cleaned and melted down to remold into new products.
You can find your nearest BIC Community Champion location using the interactive map below. If there isn’t a drop-off point near you and you’d like to be involved, you could become a BIC Community Champion and earn rewards for your child’s school! Visit the Terracycle website for details.