Recycle collection

Young Miss Five Hills Allyssa Kimball displays the more than 1,000 used markers and broken crayons she has collected to be recycled. Kimball will continue to collect the items indefinitely.

As teachers prepared to clean out their classrooms for summer, Copperas Cove Junior High School student Allyssa Kimball took advantage of the opportunity to save Mother Earth.

Kimball created a flyer sent to Copperas Cove Independent School District staff members encouraging them to save their used markers and broken crayons and to donate to her Crayola’s ColorCycle program.

“I did this project because I wanted to save all of the markers/crayons that are thrown away at the end of every school year and recycle them. I learned that we can send them to Crayola and they will recycle the markers will eliminate placing hundreds of markers into landfills,” Kimball said. “I thought it would be a great way to recycle in my community which aligns with my community service platform as Young Miss Five Hills.”

Crayola recently announced a program called ColorCycle that uses a process to convert markers to energy, a process that repurposes the entire marker, regardless of the different kinds of plastic or how they are assembled.

All brands of plastic markers, not just Crayola markers, are accepted. That includes dry erase markers and highlighters. The company will also accept all brands of broken crayons.

“I collected markers and crayons from teachers throughout CCISD, Taylor Creek Elementary, St. Joseph Catholic School, and from friends who were cleaning out their art supplies,” Kimball said. “I am so thankful for all of the donations that I was given and I am glad to see all the support this project gained. I am still going to continue to collect crayons and markers as people have them.”

Kimball has collected hundreds of markers and crayons and will continue the project indefinitely.

Used markers and broken crayons may be dropped off at the CCISD Administration Building, 703 W. Avenue D, or arrange to have them picked up by emailing Kimball at

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