Dr. Meghan McGuire, an assistant professor of English at the University of Lynchburg, has launched “Writers Recycle,” an on-campus initiative to recycle used writing instruments. Through the program, used mechanical and wooden pencils, and pens, markers, highlighters, and their caps will be collected and recycled.
McGuire started the program with a $500 “Green Grant” awarded by Keep Virginia Beautiful in June. Zero-waste boxes, purchased with grant funds, will be placed in the Wilmer Writing Center, Knight-Capron Library, and other high-traffic areas.
The used writing instruments will be sent to TerraCycle, a New Jersey-based waste management company, for recycling.
McGuire would like to see the project become a collaboration between the English and Environmental Science and Sustainability departments and the University’s Sustainability Society.
She also hopes the whole campus community will get onboard. “I hope the entire University community will become involved in this recycling initiative, and I hope it will encourage people to examine other unexpected forms of waste that we can recycle or reuse,” she said.
“My personal goal is to not only recycle these items but to alter my consumer practices to help reduce the waste I produce. For example, I plan to invest in refillable pens.”