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Participate in nationwide used pen recycling programme

Posted at 6:09am Thursday 05 Sep, 2019 | By Ollie Blyth journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz

Recycling giant and leading stationery company BIC has announced its partnership with TerraCycle to launch a nationwide recycling programme making all brands of disposable pens and markers 100 percent recyclable. ‘The Writing Instruments Recycling Programme' aims to combat the billions of disposable pens thrown away annually by collecting old stationery to melt them down and converting them into garden beds, park benches or even playgrounds. 

The programme has already achieved great results overseas, having diverted 40 million pens away from European landfills to date. “At BIC our commitment to reducing our environmental footprint is ingrained in our values, so we are thrilled to be able to provide New Zealanders with a free solution for recycling writing instruments at the end of their life,” said Mark O'Sullivan, BIC Asia-Pacific general manager. “Our program with TerraCycle also reinforces BIC's commitment to education. Educating current and future generations about sustainability is an important focus for us.”

Currently, the only Wanaka location participating in collection from the wider community is Aspiring Dental on Brownston Street. To date, local educational facilities like Mount Aspiring College do not have a means for students to responsibly recycle their used stationery items. 

The Writing Instruments Recycling Programme is a simple process that can aid schools in minimising their environmental impact. Anyone in town can sign up to the programme on TerraCycle's website, download a free shipping label and send empty stationary items to TerraCycle in a full cardboard box (or more than two kg in weight).

The programme accepts most stationary materials except sharpened tools, wooden pencils, chalk, crayons and rulers.

For more information, visit www.terracycle.com.

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