Are pencils recyclable?

A simple answer, yes they are if they are made with newspaper.

Pencils should be used till they are too small. My mother always told me not to use small pencils because it deforms the hand and the writing. I don’t know if it is sure, but as an adult I am not capable of using a small pencil!

The problem is that pencils are not recyclable.  What we know is that at least the wood will gradually biodegrade in compost or landfill.

But between pens, crayons, mechanical pencils and pencils which one would I rather use?  Based on how we typically lose our pens and mechanical pencils and that people nowadays do not recycle their used pens, today my vote is to pencils being better for the environment.

They are made of things found naturally in our environment and renewable. The ingredients in pencils can also breakdown in a landfill. 

Tips to make your pencil last longer:
1. Always try not to drop your pencil or use it as a drumstick. The graphite inside can break easily and will come out in small pieces when you sharpen the pencil, making it impossible to use.

2. Get a pencil extender, usually made of wood and metal. It will add 5” to the length short wood-cased pencils

3. Use recyclable newspaper pencils:
http://www.treesmart.com/

4. Recycle writing instruments:
http://www.terracycle.com/en-US/brigades/writing-instruments-brigade-r.html

 
And what about crayons?
If you also have lots of crayon stubs that are too small to hold, you can use them to create big, chunky crayons in 25 minutes

Here's How:
Gather up all of your broken crayons, and cut them into small  pieces.
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.
Fill the muffin tin with an inch-thick layer of crayon pieces.
Bake 15-20 minutes, or until the wax is melted.
Allow the tin to cool; then pop out the crayons, and they're ready for use.


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