See Update below: 12/21/2010: TerraCycle is now collecting glue bottles and sticks as part of their brigade program.
Check out the giveaway below!
If you have kids, you have Elmer’s glue in the form of glue sticks or glue bottle. My kids are notorious for leaving off the glue stick caps or using way too much glues from the glue bottles. I can’t recycle either the glue bottles or sticks. (Even though the glue bottles are a #1 or #2, my area only collects #1 or #2 plastic soda bottles.)
For those who are uber-recyclers, Elmer has teamed up with Walmart and TerraCycle to take back those bottle and sticks!
Elmer’s Although the program is geared towards teachers, encourage a teacher at your school to sign up. Then, offer to take care of the recycling part for the teacher. It is easy! For instructions on how to belong to the Teachers can join the Elmer’s Glue Crew Recycling Program. See here. The program contains resources and contests to win prizes in addition to information on how to return recycled glue sticks and bottles to the Company.
However, teachers are not the only ones who can get into the excitement of collecting. You can volunteer to help your art teacher or collect them on your own by signing up to partipate in the Elmer Glue-TerraCycle Bridgade. Here is what you have to do:
Make sure the bottles and glue sticks are cleaned out before putting them in a box. Once the box is full, attach the return label and take it to one of the people greeters at Walmart between April 22,
200 9 2011 and the end of school. (See the instructions, here.)
Alternatively, you can sign up for the TerraCycle bridgade and send them your glue bottles and sticks. The Company pays your designated charity 2 cents per item sent.
Once you have signed up, you are in the program forever. You don’t need to re-register each new school year. I will be asking my art teachers if they will sign up and perhaps have a central location for collection.
So, what happens to the glue sticks and bottles once recycled? The recycled bottles and glue sticks are made into garden equipment, packaging and even park benches. (See here on the recycling process.)
To get the glue stick rolling here in honor of Earth Day, Elmer is giving away a gift pack of a supply of elmer’s glue in a small backpack to five lucky Green Talk reader. (See picture above. A $50 retail value of glue!) Many of you might be thinking why I would be giving away a plastic giveaway. For the simple reason, that I want you to know about this recycling effort. Less trash in the landfills is a good thing. So, if you want to enter, here are the rules.
- You must be over 18 and live in the US or Canada.
- Leave me a comment here telling me about your favorite art project as a kid or adult. If you don’t have one, just say so.
- To double your chances consider joining my Feedburner email list or subscribe to my RSS feed. Both subscriptions are listed on the upper right hand column. Be sure to come back and leave a separate additional comment to tell me which one you joined. If you are already a member, just say so.
- To triple your chances of winning, twitter about this contest and come back and leave a separate additional comment of the url (weblink) of your twitter comment.
- You must enter by May 1, 2009 6 PM EST time to win. A winner will be chosen at random on Monday, May 4, 2009. This is a short contest! Good Luck everyone!