Changes made to Recycle Write! program

December 13, 2016  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

Recently, the Waste Reduction & Recycling Office was notified by TerraCycle of a change to the UMHS writing utensil recycling program, Recycle Write!

Beginning Dec. 1, TerraCycle is no longer providing pre-paid UPS labels for items to be sent to them. Additionally, they are ceasing to provide the associated donation to C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

However, thanks to everyone’s past efforts, this program was able to raise more than $2,800 for C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. Additionally, the Office of Campus Sustainability is committed to continuing the program, which allows all UMHS employees, students, faculty and staff to dispose of pens, mechanical pencils and markers in an environmentally-responsible way.

Please be advised that a few changes are being made to the program regarding items that are no longer being accepted. Those changes are noted below.

What Can You Recycle Through the RecycleWrite Program?

  • Pens
  • Mechanical pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Dry erase markers
  • Markers
  • Correction tape (no fluids)
  • Packaging (not cellophane)

Unacceptable items include:

  • Pens with lights or electronic functioning
  • Penlights and laser pointers
  • Crayons
  • Wooden pencils and colored pencils
  • Erasers

Please send the items you wish to recycle through campus mail to:

Recycle Write!
Plant Building & Grounds Services
109 E. Madison
Campus zip: 2993

All items will be recycled through Terracycle’s Pens, Pencils and Markers Zero Waste Box Program. The collected waste is mechanically and/or manually separated into metals, fibers and plastics. Metals are smelted so they may be recycled. The plastics undergo extrusion and pelletization to be molded into new recycled plastic products. All brands of writing instruments are acceptable through this program.

Thank you for your cooperation in keeping UMHS at the forefront of environmental responsibility!