Every so often, I muster up the nerve collect all the cheap slinkies my kids got as birthday party favors, novelty rings, and bits of plastic that chipped off its host-toy, and throw it all away. It kills me a little inside to throw things directly into the trash. I love purging. I hate the thought of landfills piling up with garbage I created.

Hopewell Elementary, where DaughterOne goes to Kindergarten, is partnering with Crayola in a program called “Color Cycle” where we can bring all our used markers — any type (dry erase, sharpie, dollar store brand) — and the markers are converted into fuel.

Three cheers for the art teacher! And bring on down your dried out markers.

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  1. wow; this is great.

    There will be another recycling event–this time in February 2014 by the Hopewell Valley Green Team. Save your styrofoam and stay tuned for date and location.

  2. Thanks for the heads up, Peggy! Please share the information with us if you find out the exact date. And (on the off chance) you have markers, feel free to send them with us to the elementary school.