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TerraCycle Writing Instrument Environmental Program Offered

Published: April 16, 2012

Don’t throw away that empty pen or highlighter. Instead, deposit them into a TerraCycle Writing Instrument Brigade box on campus for recycling—and two cents.

TerraCycle Writing Instrument Brigade is a national environmental program offered through OfficeMax. The program specifically targets writing instrument recycling and supports objectives in the American Colleges and Universities Climate Commitment signed by CSULB President F. King Alexander last May and endorsed by the campus Sustainability Task Force.

TerraCycle will donate two cents to CSULB’s TerraCycle Project for every writing instrument collected. Qualifying writing instruments include all pens, markers, highlighters, woodcase pencils, mechanical pencils, dry erase markers, as well as correction tape products from any brand and manufacturer. Funds from the program will be used to support sustainability projects and scholarship on campus.

Collection boxes provided by TerraCycle will be placed at high traffic areas throughout the campus including lobbies, college offices, the University Library, the Horn Center, the Student Recreation and Wellness Center and University Student Union.

Your closest collection box location will soon be listed on the Purchasing and Financial Services website.

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It is estimated that millions of used writing instruments are discarded and end up in landfills annually. TerraCycle is working to reverse this trend. The writing instruments collected will be recycled or “upcycled” by TerraCycle and turned into low-cost consumer items that are sold by major retailers. Upcycling is the process of reusing waste to form creative new products. With upcycling, waste that usually can’t be recycled is cleaned and repurposed or re-formed to create innovative new products.

For more information about the program, contact Mary Ann Odell in the Purchasing office at 562/985-8574.