Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful is currently accepting crayons for recycling which will be repurposed into new shapes and used for educating early childhood students.
Volunteers will sort the used crayons, melt them down, and pour them into candy molds to create new crayons to distribute as part of its education program. Hundreds of pounds of crayons have already been distributed over the last few years in Rockford District 205, Belvidere District 100, and other elementary and preschools.
“Children of all ages enjoy bringing broken crayons to us for recycling,” said Lori Gummow, executive director of Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful. “Art classes, church groups, Scouts, various school or camp programs or families can participate by collecting stubs and removing the wrappers before sorting them according to color,” Gummow added.
Crayons and other end-of-school recyclables may be dropped off at either Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Recycle Center: 13125 N. 2nd Street in Roscoe and 4665 Hydraulic Road in Rockford. Both Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Recycle Centers are open Saturdays from 9 a.m.-noon and the Rockford location only is also open 2-5 p.m. on Tuesdays. They will be open Saturday, May 28 during Memorial Day Weekend.
A list of items accepted for recycling may be found at knib.org.
To volunteer for this project or other recycling programs, contact Community Relations Coordinator Martha Byrnes at Martha@knib.org, register at knib.org, or call the office at 815-637-1343.