Group works With Restaurants To Recycle Kid's Menu Crayons

September 6, 2019

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Restaurant waste is usually thought of as spoiled produce and uneaten leftovers. In a single year, the restaurant industry sends roughly 11.4 million tons of food waste to landfills. But there is another type of waste you'd never think of unless you have a child. Many restaurants hand out brand-new boxes of crayons for coloring kid menus. However when the check was paid, the barely used crayons left behind become part of a landfill. It is estimated that 150 million crayons are tossed into the garbage each year and in a time when art education budgets continue to be slashed and teachers increasing their own funding of school supplies for students, Crayon Collection works to redistribute those basely-used crayons to classrooms across the country. To date, it has led to the donation of more than 13 million crayons. The organization sources most of its crayons from restaurants. Because the crayons handed out at eating establishments are only used for a few minutes—if at all—there’s little difference between them and crayons that are bought new from the store. But anyone can donate any gently used crayons they have at home to a collection site. Crayon Collection even encourages students to donate used crayons for those less fortunate at the end of the school year.  Best of all, you can encourage your favorite restaurant to participate in crayon recycling too with downloadable instruction’s at their website.

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SOURCE: Mental Floss

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