Brightly coloured felt tip pens

Good news! You can now recycle used pens and markers

Each year in Australia, over 140 million pens are sold, contributing approximately 700 tonnes of plastic waste to landfill sites across the country. Here’s what you can do with them instead.

April 29, 2021
Brightly coloured felt tip pens

In a bid to help combat this waste, TerraCycle has teamed up with stationary company BIC to launch the Writing Instruments Recycling Program. You can recycle any brand of the accepted writing instruments to keep them out of landfill.  

You can recycle any brand of:

  • Pen
  • Felt tip
  • Highlighter
  • Marker
  • Correction fluid pot (must be empty)
  • Correction tape
  • Mechanical pencil and eraser  

Where to recycle your writing instruments  

  • Head to TerraCycle to find your nearest Community Collection Hub:  
  • Drop them off at participating Officeworks stores.  

What happens to the waste?

Once collected, the writing instruments are cleaned and melted into hard plastic that can be remoulded to make new recycled products which may include outdoor furniture and decking, plastic shipping pallets, watering cans, storage containers and bins, tubes for construction applications, flooring tiles, playground surface covers and athletic fields, and much more.


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