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Pen recycling gets a rewrite

Mendell Primary School are helping to lead the way in pen recycling by collecting pens that would otherwise be incinerated. The school are teaming up with local collection points to recycle with TerraCycle.

TerraCycle, an innovative company have partnered with BIC® to run a pen and Writing Instrument Recycling Programme that offers participating venues, the opportunity to fundraise for their favourite non-profit school or charity whilst recycling something that is usually unrecyclable.

Businesses, organisations and schools around the borough have become collection points for some of these products and although the scheme is no longer accepting new locations, Mendell Primary School have been making sure to utilise the locations that we do have.

Cllr Liz Grey, Wirral Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change visited the school and comments: “It was amazing to see the school and the children so enthusiastic to get involved and recycle through this innovative scheme.

“By collecting pens and writing instruments it is astounding to see the amount of waste that has been saved from going into incineration.”

With the help of parents and grandparents of children at the school, who have been hugely helpful to the continuation of the collecting, 100s of pens have been collected from Mendell and delivered to one of the already established collection points.

At a BIC® Community Champion locations, everyone can come and drop off their waste writing instruments, if you’d like to use these collection points, they include:

  • St George’s Primary School
  • Black Horse Hill Primary School
  • Calday Grange Grammar School

If the contact details are listed on the TerraCycle website, we recommend that before each visit, you contact the collection point to confirm it is still active and the opening hours are correct.

Cllr Grey continues: “I hope that even more schools, businesses, organisations and households follow the example of Mendell Primary School and use the location points we have available across the borough.

“In the face of Climate Emergency, it’s important that we all try and do the best we can and by using this scheme and the others available we recycle as much as we can.”

The Writing Instrument Recycling Programme now has nearly 750 locations in the UK, these having collected over 4 million pens and other writing instruments for recycling.

Once collected, the pens are separated by material composition, cleaned and melted into hard plastic that can be remoulded to make new recycled products.

This scheme will accept all writing instruments (except for wooden pencils and chalk) including any brand of pen, felt tip, highlighter, marker, correction fluid pot, correction tape, mechanical pencil and eraser pen.

Glue sticks, erasers, rulers or other cutting objects are not accepted as they could disturb the recycling process.

Find other location points for alternative schemes by visiting the Terracycle website.