NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Brownie Troop #65136 recently collected more than 100 pounds of broken and unwanted crayons to contribute toward the total service hours they need to earn as part of the Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey’s “Hearts of Service” program. Collection bins were placed at three South Plainfield elementary schools as well as at the Giving Nest Preschool & Kindergarten and West End Elementary Schools in North Plainfield from March 23 through April 22 (Earth Day).

All the crayons collected will be shipped to Crazy Crayons, LLC ( where they will be recycled into new crayons as part of the Minnesota-based company’s involvement with the National Crayon Recycle Program. Through the program, unwanted, rejected and/or broken crayons are collected and recycled into new products.

Brownie Troop #65136 is comprised of 11, 7-year-old girls from South Plainfield’s Roosevelt, Kennedy and Franklin Elementary schools as well as West End Elementary School in North Plainfield. The troop must complete 10 hours of service this scouting year and the time spent preparing for the crayon recycling program – making the signs and approaching the school principals to get permission – along with the collecting, sorting and prepping the crayons for shipment goes toward earning those hours.

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Additionally, the troop will be using the money raised at their Girl Scout Cookie Booth, which this year was set up outside Quick Chek at Sampton and Plainfield avenues on April 12, will cover the cost of shipping the crayons.

“Since we try to be as ‘girl-lead’ as possible we encouraged the troop to vote on a project they could advocate,” said Karen Maloney, who, along with Laura Rasmussen, serves as troop leader. “Our girls are really big into helping to protect the Earth so recycling crayons seemed like a natural, age-appropriate project for them. They still can’t get over how many crayons they were able to collect!”

Over the past decade, the National Crayon Recycle Program has prevented more than 102,000 pounds of unwanted crayons from going into landfills. To date, New Jersey schools have sent in over 30,000 pounds of unwanted crayons for recycling. As the National Grand Champions of the Crayon Recycle Program, New Jersey schools have prevented over 15 tons of crayons from making their way into landfills.