SAN RAFAEL (KPIX 5) – After noticing how many markers get thrown away, students at Sun Valley Elementary in San Rafael took action.
The school’s Green Team petitioned Crayola, responsible for making half a billion markers a year, to recycle.READ MORE: Report: San Francisco Giants Lose Free Agent Pitching Ace Kevin Gausman To Blue Jays
“Kids could have some convenient way to send these back and processed to make more Crayola products,” said Land Wilson, a parent and volunteer who spearheads the effort. “Just to keep them out of landfills and incinerators.”
The team, made up of about 80 students, gathered more than 90-thousand signatures through change dot org. Lawmakers and even actor Robin Williams joined the cause and, less than a year later, Crayola announced plans to convert its used markers into a liquid fuel source.
“It was so exciting,” Wilson said. “I mean it represented all of this hard work that these kids have been doing for a year.”READ MORE: 'The Long Good-Bye'; New Hope In The Battle Against Alzheimer’s Disease
“I’m happy to see that it’s becoming a big success,” said Juliana Postrel, a 4th grader.
The students collected dried out markers and sent Crayola its first shipment of 35 pounds. Inspired by the petition, Dixon Ticonderoga Company, a competitor of Crayola also launched its own program to recycle markers.
“Everybody thinks ‘oh they’re kids they can’t do anything’” said Dante Cokinos, a sixth grader. “But we can.”
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