Naturally Rockford: Annual crayon recycling kicks off

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It’s recycling time for all those crayons cleaned out of school lockers, art classrooms, basements and anywhere else you might find used and broken crayons for Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful’s annual Crayon Recycling Drive.

Crayons can be dropped off at Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful’s Recycling Center in Roscoe Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. (on the frontage road, north of McCurry Road and Highway 251), or at Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful’s office Monday-Friday, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (located at 5417 N. Second St., Loves Park).

The crayons collected will be sorted by color by young volunteers, the labels removed and then melted down and poured into new, fun shapes.

“This program is the perfect way to teach children, the recyclers of the future, that they can recycle, too. Our children are continually learning about recycling, and this program gives them first-hand experience,” said Lori Gummow, executive director of Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful.

“When crayons are broken and worn down, they end up in a shoe box or trash can. People are not aware that crayons are a petroleum product that is a non-renewable resource, which does not biodegrade in a landfill,” she added.

For more information about the Crayon Recycling Drive, go to www.knib.org or call (815) 637-1343. Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful is a non-profit environmental organization.

from the June 6-12, 2007, issue

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