If you work in a school or business that uses an excessive amount of whiteboard markers every year, the thought of whether they are recyclable may have crossed your mind once or twice. Unfortunately, a lot of the manufacturers don’t actually post recycling information on their websites – but yes, most are recyclable!
To recycle your whiteboard markers, remove the end plug and pull out the ink tube (what is known in the industry as a ‘tampon’) and the writing tip. Dispose of these things by throwing them in the bin – they aren’t recyclable at all. Put the barrel, cap and end plug of your whiteboard pen into your general recycling.
It is also possible to use your old whiteboard markers for other things, which is an especially good option if you work in a school. Use the barrels and a piece of old rope to create some eco-friendly skipping ropes. Create a picture frame by gluing the pens or caps together. There are a variety of art projects that could use your old pens to create something new.
Next time your whiteboard marker runs out, think twice before throwing it into the bin – these items are recyclable, after all. If your brand is not recyclable, or you aren’t sure if it is, why not give them to your kids or art class so that they can create something new?