Make your mark by recycling pens

by Nicole Lindquist, UNMC public relations | April 18, 2012

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Each year, billions (yes, billions with a B) of writing instruments are discarded and end up in landfills.

As part of Earth Week, UNMC and The Nebraska Medical Center will launch a special program for employees to recycle defunct writing instruments today.

  Employees can request "Terracycle" bins for their departments by emailing energy@nebraskamed.com.

The next time your pen explodes or your Sharpie runs out of ink, place it in a TerraCycle bin. When the bin is full, email energy@nebraskamed.com again for a pre-paid shipping label.

Terracycle will convert the empty writing instruments and packaging into other fun and innovative products. All types of used/defunct writing instruments can be collected, ranging from pens to dry erase markers. The only item that is not accepted is "White-Out."

TerraCycle will donate two cents back to the hospital/university for every writing instrument that is collected.