School kids urge Crayola to rethink recycling

May 20, 2012 - 3:05 PM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A group of California grade school students wants Crayola to start a recycling program for their spent plastic markers.

About 40 students at Sun Valley elementary school in San Rafael, Calif., have been pushing an online petition to nudge Crayola into developing a "take-back" program for used-up markers. Crayola is a subsidiary of Kansas City-based Hallmark Cards.

This weekend, the petition had about 60,000 signatures.

Crayola spokeswoman Stacy Gabrielle says the company has no plans to offer a marker recycling program because it doesn't have the facilities. But she says Crayola has other green initiatives, including using solar energy to make about a third of the 3 billion crayons it produces each year. She also says its marker caps can be recycled at certain facilities.

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The petition: http://chn.ge/Lbqa82