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Pens & Mechanical Pencils Recycling

The Newell Rubbermaid Company and TerraCycle have partnered with Vanderbilt to implement a writing pen recycling drive in order to capture the pen barrels that get thrown away when a cartridge is out of ink.

TerraCycle will give back a $0.02 donation to Vanderbilt for each pen recycled. Funds raised will go to the purchase of new recycling bins for VU. This program is designed to keep pens out of the landfill, ensure domestic recycling of plastic #5 goods, and help organizations achieve their sustainability initiatives.

It is easy for staff to participate. How can you do it?

Just use your Campus Mail envelopes to send your empty pen or mechanical pencil barrels to RECYCLING c/o 125 Bryan Building. You can also drop off pens and mechanical pencils at the Sarratt, Kissam, and Commons Center main desks (map of locations here). The pens are stored in a bucket until it is time to send off a full box to TerraCycle. Your pen might become a toothbrush handle or even a purse! Any name‐brand pen or mechanical pencil will be accepted in this program.