- Over 10 Billion non bio-degradable pens are sent to landfills every year
- Pens are made of steel, polypropylene, nylon, polyester and a number of chemicals.
- Most people buy pens in bulk, think about all the packaging, the paper and the plastic, which may or may not be taken by recycling centers
- Most recycling centers do not take used pens.
Reduce and Recycle for Pen methods
1. Reduce the number of pens used. In other words, don’t lose your pens, don’t leave the lid off that the inks being dried and write with them until the very last drop.
2. Buy reuseable, refillable pens rather than disposable pens, fountain pen is good choice, I use Ink Roller Ball pen.
3. Recycle the component parts. I suppose it is technically possible to disassemble each pen and separately recycle the metal and plastic. This extremely time-consuming process would likely still result in certain parts such as the used pen cartridge ending up in the landfill.
a. Ink cartridge with metal ball cannot recycle
b. Ball pen refill can be disassembled the metal tips and plastic tubes.
* I encourage any school should participate this ball pen recycling program, let me know if principle want to know more.*
4. Upcycle the pens by creating interesting artwork or by covering your car. There is a small blue recycling bin in my office where my co-workers can place their used pens. I’m not exactly sure what we are going to do with the pens yet but I’m confident we will have a recycler or upcycle before the bin is full.”
Maybe along the way, they’ll figure out a feasible method for reusing old ink pens.