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Writing Instrument Recycling

**Collected as of April 10, 2014**
---- about 57 kg (7 and a bit paper boxes full) or 5,296 writing instruments----
---- $108.92 from 'target' writing instruments ----

  • That's 2,923 (and counting!) Sharpie® , Expo®, uni-ball®, and Paper Mate® writing instruments (and a whole lot of other brands!)

Did you know VIU ordered around 16,000 writing instruments in 2011? And that number doesn't include writing instruments at the bookstores, the ones used by students, or the ones you brought from home.

What happens to a pen, (marker, highlighter, whiteboard marker, felt pen, mechanical pencil ) when it's done? Most people throw it 'away.' An estimated 10 billion non-degradable plastic pens are tossed into landfills each year worldwide.

Thanks to you, Terracycle, and its partners, that number will change.

You can now bring your used writing instruments (pens, markers, highlighters, whiteboard markers, felt pens, mechanical pencils) to VIU for recycling and upcycling.

Terracycle will take all used writing instruments we send and recycle/upcycle them. That's great on its own, but there's more--$.02 from Sharpie® , Expo®, uni-ball®, and Paper Mate® writing instruments will be donated to the VIU Foundation.

In Nanaimo, large collection bins are located

  • in the Welcome Centre
  • in front of the bookstore
  • at student residence

There's also a bin at Cowichan Campus.

Lots of departments have set up their own.

Not on campus or near a collection bin? Send your used pens to Margot Croft (B305, R272) via interoffice mail.

Want a poster to put on your own collection box? Click here.