Writing Instrument



The following can be recycled: pens, felt tips, highlighters, markers, mechanical pencil, correction pens and fluid pots, fountain pens, pen ink cartridges.

Please note the following are not accepted: glue sticks, rubbers, rulers, pencils and other sharp objects such as scissors.


Purchase eco-friendly writing instruments rather than plastic ones when a choice is available.

Give surplus writing instruments to an early childhood centre, kura, school or take to the ReUse Academy at the Whanganui Environment Base.

Three tricks to revive a ballpoint pen: hold the tip under boiling water, dip the point into a solvent such as nail polish, or scribble across a shoe's rubber sole (the friction of movement and "stickability" of the rubber should help loosen any dried ink).

To revive dried out marker pens read here.


First Years Learning Centre, an early education centre at 38 Smithfield Road, Gonville is collecting writing instruments to be recycled through the Terracycle programme. The children have made a letterbox, so please post in there when you have any items. The children will be very excited to see these being kept out of the landfill.

The Whanganui Resource Recovery Centre and the WhEB office both have collection boxes - please ask!


Please keep plastic items from landfill wherever possible.