Recycle Your Writing Instruments, Printer Cartridges and Batteries

February 2, 2010

Take advantage of the new and existing recycling programs available through Penn Business Services.

Writing Instrument Recycling
Business Services has launched a new writing instrument recycling program in partnership with Sandford, Office Depot, and Terracycle to recycle pens, mechanical pencils, markers, and highlighters.

Terracycle’s process known as “upcycling” will give new life to the Penn community’s worn out writing instruments, turning them into fun and innovative new products. All pens, mechanical pencils, and markers are acceptable, including Sharpies, highlighters, and dry erase markers. Even pen caps count! For every writing instrument that Penn recycles, two cents ($0.02) will be designated to the Penn Green Fund.

Business Services is now looking for volunteers to become part of the writing instrument recycling program and help set up collection points in their offices or departments. For more information on this program, or to volunteer, contact Tracy Hawkins at

Ink and Toner Recycling
Business Services has also joined with Telrose Corporation and Office Depot to provide easy and convenient recycling programs for all used ink and toner cartridges. Rather than shipping these cartridges individually, Telrose is consolidating shipments for the entire University. Your Telrose delivery person will pick-up used cartridges from your office, palletize them and ship them in bulk to the manufacturer. To request a pick-up of your used cartridges, or if you need a free collection box, send an email with your name, address and suite/office to It's easy, convenient, and free. For tips on making your purchasing decisions more sustainable visit the Green Purchasing website.

Battery Recycling
Not sure what to do with all those batteries from old electronics and appliances? Take advantage of the battery recycling program at the Computer Connection on Sansom Street in University Square. In collaboration with the Office of Environmental Health & Radiation Safety (EHRS), you can take the batteries from your used laptop, mobile phone and other devices using rechargeable batteries for safe disposal and recycling. These batteries can contain mercury, lead, cadmium, lithium and other potentially harmful materials that should not be thrown away. For more information visit the Computer Connection’s website at:

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