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Students Should Get “Stuck” on the Elmer’s Glue Crew Recycling Program

Every student uses Elmer’s glue for arts and crafts at least once in his or her lifetime. Why? Because Elmer’s is to glue as peanut is to butter. It’s the perfect adhesive for handmade Valentines Day cards and picture frames, and it can  magically fix anything that breaks in the classroom.

When the glue runs out, or is dried up because someone lost a cap, the container usually ends up in the trashcan. Although it’s easy to simply toss the container in the trash, one way that teachers can both reduce classroom waste and educate kids about the environment is to become involved in the Elmer’s Glue Crew Recycling Program.

Launched in 2008, the Glue Crew Recycling Program is a fun, eco-conscious way for teachers to get students involved in the recycling process.

Becoming involved in the program is as easy as collecting the glue containers. Teachers, here’s what you need to do:

  • Set up a collection bin in your classroom
  • Have students bring in #1 and #2 Elmer’s glue bottles and containers
  • Make it a classroom activity to clean the containers together

Once the containers are clean you can pack them up and put them in a box. Put a Glue Crew mailing label on the box and give it to a Wal-Mart greeter. They will happily mail it for you!

In addition to feeling good about reducing landfill waste, students will also have opportunities to win amazing prizes for their classroom. They can win $1000 cash, have trees planted at their school and win free Elmer’s backpacks and products.

If you’re a teacher and you would like to get involved with the Glue Crew Recycling Program, you can enroll your class.

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About Trish Broome

Trish is a half Korean hip hop head who writes satire music articles on The Rap Insider and muses over culture and diversity on Mixed Nation. In her spare time you can find her eating kimchi or tweeting at @TheGreenGroove.


3 thoughts on “Students Should Get “Stuck” on the Elmer’s Glue Crew Recycling Program

  1. But how much energy does it take to clean the bottles? Getting all that glue out is going to take a lot of water. Most people are thoughtless about recycling, because they don’t consider the costs of preparing the material for recycling.

    Posted by Brian Charles Clark | May 11, 2011, 8:10 pm
    • Probably best if bottles are rinsed before recycling, but in bulk, there are many efficient ways to clean materials. Still better than making new plastics.

      Posted by greenopolisjoe | May 16, 2011, 2:23 pm
    • No Brian, you’re right. We should just throw all that dirty plastic away. *palm to face*

      Most people? If someone can muster the mental energy to REMEMBER to recycle they should be given a gold star…on the daily!

      Posted by Steve | May 27, 2011, 10:23 pm

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