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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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.


  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.