Green MachiNES — Reminder about the Pen/Pencil/Marker Recycling Program!

We wanted to remind you about the new recycling program at NES. We are collecting all brands of writing instruments, including pens, pencils, markers, and highlighters (anything except for crayons). There is a large blue round receptacle in the NES lobby as well as individual ones in the classrooms to put your items in.   Not only will we help reduce waste, but also will get paid two cents per piece.  All proceeds will go towards further green initiatives at NES.

This recycling program is through TerraCycle, an upcycling and recycling company that collects difficult-to-recycle packaging and products and repurposes the material into affordable, innovative products. For more information, check out: terracycle.

Please save your writing instruments at home and send them in with your student.

Here is the list of what is acceptable. Note that this includes all brands:

* Pens and caps

* Pencils and wooden pencils

* Mechanical pencils

* Markers and caps

* Highlighters and caps

* Permanent markers and caps (like Sharpies)

* Dry eraser markers and caps

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Sally Milliken at or Tammy Cotter at