With the beginning of September comes back to school! Students, parents, and teachers are preparing for the return in more ways than one. Did you know there are recyclable school supplies that your kids can use daily? Try these 7 eco-friendly school supplies for a waste-free and sustainable school year:eco-friendly school supplies
  1. Binders
  2. Pencils
  3. Pens
  4. Markers
  5. Notebooks
  6. Crayons
  7. Glue sticks
The various ways to go about recycling school supplies:

1. Curb Side Pick-Up

Various items can be placed into your blue recycling bin for a biweekly pick-up. For example, notebooks qualify as long as you remove the metal spiral.

2. Donate Unused School Supplies to Charity

There are many shelters, under-funded schools, and non-profit organizations willing to accept donations. Supplies can be expensive if the funding isn’t available and recycling these items for those in need is very much appreciated.

3. Research Local Programs

There are various programs available across Canada to make your recycling experience as seamless as possible. Some eco-friendly school suppliesexamples include:
  • Office Depot has a program called, My School Recycles which offers schools incentives for recycling small electronics, ink and toner cartridges.
  • Crayola has a program called, ColorCycle which recycles used markers into fuel.
  • You may also send supplies to TerraCycle, which recycles fluorescent lamps, coffee capsules, cigarette butts, and other hard-to-recycle trash.
  • Send your drained batteries to Call2Recycle.
  • Used backpacks can be recycled by World Wear Project.
  • Dead pens to The Pen Guy.
  • Crayons can be recycled by Crazy Crayons.
  • Earth911 and RecyclingCenters.org will locate recycling centers in your area.
Be sure to purchase recyclable, eco-friendly or compostable school supplies whenever possible. Every little bit helps. __________________________________________________________________________________________

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