15th Annual Crayon Recycling Contest
The Hudson County Improvement Authority’s 15th Annual Crayon Recycling Contest is taking place from Monday, November 14, 2016 through Friday, December 16, 2016.
How does it work?
The Crayon Recycling Contest is open to all schools throughout Hudson County.
- Participating schools should complete a Registration Form and return it to the HCIA by Fax (201-324-6206); e-mail (
); or via US Mail, no later than Friday, December 2, 2016.
- Place a reusable container (such as a copier box) with our Event Poster in a location where students can deposit their crayons.
- Encourage students to place their used crayons in the box for recycling.
- HCIA staff will pick up the crayons from your school between Wednesday, January 4, 2017 and Friday, January 6, 2017.
- Crayons collected will be sent by the HCIA to Crazy Crayons, Inc. who will recycle the old, broken crayons into new "Crazy Crayons" which will be returned to your school for your students to use.
- Winners will be awarded on a percentage basis: The number of pounds of crayons collected divided by each school divided by the total school enrollment. The winning schools will be announced via e-mail on Friday, January 27, 2017. Any crayons received after January 15 will not be included in assessing the winning schools.
Why Recycle Crayons?
- More than 12 million crayons are produced daily which is equal to 60 tons of crayons.
- Crayons are a petroleum-based product and take many years to biodegrade.
- Crayon recycling is an innovative and fun way to preserve landfill space.
How does a Crayon become a "Crazy Crayons"
- Used crayons arrive at the Crazy Crayon workshop and are melted down, strained, sterilized and hand poured into different shapes and sizes to become non-toxic reusable crayons!
Did You Know?
- Since the program’s inception, Hudson County schools have recycled more than 16 tons of crayons!
Questions or More Information?
- Please contact Yesenia Perez at (201) 324-6222, ext. 3225 or Mary-Ellen Gilpin at (201) 324-6222, ext. 3210.