How to Recycle Anything: Backpacks & Crayons

Backpacks. The American Birding Association accepts donated backpacks, which its scientists use while tracking neotropical birds (

Crayons. Send them to the National Crayon Recycle Program (, which melts down crayons and reforms them into new ones. Leave the wrappers on: “When you have black, blue, and purple crayons together without wrappers, it’s hard to tell them apart,” says the program’s founder, LuAnn Foty, a.k.a. the Crazy Crayon Lady.

3 thoughts on “How to Recycle Anything: Backpacks & Crayons”

  1. Hi annie!

    You can also line a muffin tin with those paper liners and throw some broken crayons in each. mix and match for fun crayons. we do red and green around christmas. then bake on low heat until melted. when they cool, you have new crayons.

  2. Thanks; it’s nice to have a new use for crayons my nieces break and then reject : )

    And a new one: instead of recycling newspapers each week, bring them to an animal shelter. They’ll be reused as kitty litter and save the shelter money.

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