HAGERSTOWN, Md. - Ever wonder what to do with old crayons? Volunteer Washington County has found a pretty good solution, and is putting those old art supplies to good use.
With help from the Governor, Volunteer Washington County is encouraging the community to get involved and volunteer with projects that help to either reduce hunger or improve the environment. Recycling crayons is one of the service projects, part of the Governor's Day to Serve Campaign called "Color Our World with Love and Recycled Crayons."
Director of Volunteer Washington County, Bernadette Wagner said, "Well, the crayons are made of petroleum, and if they're thrown away, they're actually really terrible for the environment. I think it's 129 million crayons are produced in the U.S. everyday. So, that would be potentially 60 tons of petroleum based wax that could wind up in our landfills."
Wagner said their goal is to get as many people involved, like they did Wednesday morning at the Potomac Center in Hagerstown.
"We recycled crayons with elementary school kids as a day to serve, as a Martin Luther King service project. And so we had 128 lbs of crayons," Wagner said.
Those crayons get repackaged and redistributed to local nonprofits, where kids will be able to use them.
The service campaign runs through the end of the month.