Children collect markers to be recycled for fuel

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

An eco-friendly initiative that recycles used markers to make fuel is gaining local support as the Blue Team at the Stepping Stones Day Program in Fulton recently hopped on board for the cause.

Students in the program, which is collaboration between Oswego County BOCES and Hillside Children’s Center, teamed with Crayola and other schools across North America to participate in the green initiative.

The Crayola ColorCycle program includes students in kindergarten through 12th-grade schools who collect used markers and send them to a conversion facility where they are transformed into clean-burning fuel.

“ColorCycle offers a great opportunity for teachers and their students to explore eco-friendly practices,” said BOCES exceptional education teacher Robyn Yorker, of the Stepping Stones Program. “In addition to the ‘magic’ of marker-to-energy conversion, specially developed standards-based lesson plans are available to enrich instruction.”

According to the energy companies involved in the recycling project, one box of markers can create enough energy to cook an egg, make toast and brew one pot of coffee.

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