March 7

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Recycling pens and markers

It wasn’t until Sue started talking to me at Landcare on Saturday that I began to think about all the old markers and pens lying around the house. When my kids left home, their old pens and textas didn’t.

After starting A Year in a Day in January, one of my first actions was to start using a refillable fountain pen, but I didn’t address the many pens and other markers still lying around the house, already empty and/or dried up.

TerraCycle and BIC® have partnered to create a free recycling program for all brands of used writing instruments, so, for today’s action, I found it very soothing with all the stressful news, to ransack the house and begin sorting the hundreds of pens and textas that have accumulated after many years.

Tick, tick, tick – mental health sorted, decluttering sorted, plastic waste sorted.

Terracycle’s Collection Hubs are at Officeworks stores, so when we head to Sydney on Thursday I’ll be taking a box of writing instruments down to be recycled.

In the meantime, I’ve put a box on a chair at my front door and if you live anywhere near 101 Wentworth St Blackheath, you’re very welcome to drop your pens and markers into the box and I’ll take them down too. I know Sue and her friend are going to drop theirs off!

An added bonus is that I found a whole lot of highlighter pens that I didn’t even know I had. I’ve also eliminated that infuriating thing that happens so often – when you grab a pen and it doesn’t work! I’m still ploughing through them but they’ll all be sorted soon.

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