Recycle all used writing instruments through this program.
TerraCycle® and Staples Canada have partnered to provide a second life for used writing instruments. Save used writing instruments and recycle them at your nearest Staples store.
Through in-store collection at over 300 locations across Canada, we have successfully diverted over 1.4 million writing instruments from ending up in landfills. If all writing instruments recycled through this program were connected, they would be 18 times taller than Mount Everest!
Participating is completely free and very easy. Collect used writing instruments at your location and drop them off at your nearest participating Staples store to be recycled.
Program accepted waste: Any brand of pens and pen caps, mechanical pencils, markers and marker caps, highlighters and highlighter caps, permanent markers and permanent marker caps.
Once collected, the writing instruments are separated by material composition. The separated items are then cleaned, shredded, and made into new recycled products. Click here to learn more about the recycling process.
TerraCycle points are not awarded in the same way as the other programs. Instead, you are making a donation to Earth Day Canada for every writing instrument dropped off at a participating Staples.
Need help getting started? From downloadable posters to videos and guides, there are plenty of resources available to help you make an even bigger difference on the environment.
Staples Canada believes that you should have peace of mind when choosing your writing instrument, which is why they've partnered to create a new life for pens, markers, and pencils. To learn more about Staples Canada, click here.