Writing Instrument Recycling Program

LiveGreen is offering a special recycling program for defunct writing instruments. As part of the program, departments can request a TerraCycle box that can be used to collect old, non-functioning writing instruments, such as pens, dry-erase markers, and sharpies.

Once the collection boxes are full, the department empty the contents of the collection box into another box and campus mail that box to: LiveGreen Zip: 7100.  Please email LiveGreen@unmc.edu so we know it is on the way.  Do not mail the actual TerraCycle box, continue to use it for collections.

For more information about the program, please reference the questions and answers noted below.

How do I get a TerraCycle box for my area?

Please email livegreen@unmc.edu and a box will be mailed to you.  TerraCycle is not currently providing new boxes but we will do our best.

What types of writing instruments can be placed in the TerraCycle box?
Clicker pens, pens with caps, pen refills, mechanical pencils, highlighters, permanent markers, wet or dry erase markers can all be recycled in the TerraCycle box.  Brand and color do not matter.  Please do not place correction fluid (e.g., White-Out) or correction tape, crayons, colored pencils, or wooden/#2 pencils in the box.

Once the box is full, what should the department do?
When a box is full of defunct writing instruments, the department representative should empty the contents of the collection box into another box and campus mail that box to: LiveGreen Zip: 7100.  Please email LiveGreen@unmc.edu so we know it is on the way.

Please DO NOT ship the actual TerraCycle box (this box is meant to stay in the department and reused for collection).

What happened to the pre-paid shipping labels?

This portion of the program has changed.  Instead, writing instruments are sent in a larger container which LiveGreen is coordinating.

What are the dimensions of the TerraCycle box?
The boxes are roughly 20 inches high, 10 inches wide, and 12 inches deep.

Where should a department place the TerraCycle box?
It is up to the department on where it would like to place the box.  Many place it in a central location, where it’s easy to find.

How does a department know if someone has already ordered a TerraCycle box that respective department or work area?
Due to logistical challenges associated with this volunteer-coordinated program, LiveGreen is not maintaining a list of the departments that request a bin. In light of this, please ask other employees if a box has already been ordered before placing a request.

Can more than one box be requested for a given department / work area?
Yes, more than one box can be requested. However, we ask that you try to limit the number of boxes requested so that a sufficient number of boxes are available for all areas of the university. In some cases, we may ask the department to first see if one (or two) boxes is sufficient to cover the department / work area and then possibly order more at a later date if the demand is there.

Can external sites (not on/near the main campus) request TerraCycle boxes?
Yes, external sites can participate and request a TerraCycle box as long as the box can be delivered to the department/site via inter-office mail.

What happens to the collected writing instruments once they are sent to TerraCycle?
TerraCycle will recycle the items and turn them into other fun and innovative products. Learn more at http://www.terracycle.com/en-US/brigades/writing-instruments-brigade-r.html.

I have a TerraCycle box, but no longer want it.  Is it recyclable?

Technically, yes.  HOWEVER, we are not receiving new boxes from TerraCycle so we would prefer to use that box elsewhere on campus.  Please email LiveGreen@unmc.edu to arrange a pickup of your box.

*If you have additional questions regarding TerraCycle not answered above, please email LiveGreen@unmc.edu