Stationery & Craft items
The First Mile
If you have office supplies in your workplace that are no longer needed, The First Mile will take your pens, pencils, rubbers, rulers, crayons, highlighters, staples & hole-punchers and distribute them to schools in need. You can order a sack from their website and the company will collect them for you.
Recycled working stationery is sent for distribution by School Aid, which supplies educational resources to under-resourced communities in Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa and Tanzania. Broken stationery is sorted for recycling or incinerated to produce Green energy.
School Aid accept pens, pencils, notebooks, crayons, paper, chalk, sharpeners, rubbers, paperclips, paints & paintbrushes, scissors, glue, sticky tape, post-its, rulers, compasses & protractors and solar calculators.
School Aid does offer a limited collection service in the UK. All of their collections are conducted by volunteer drivers so are limited in reach. They ask for a contribution to the fuel cost of the collection based on a standard 45p/mile. If you are in Central London there is additionally the congestion charge and the ultra low emission zone charge. There is a minimum of 20 boxes required to organise a collection.
You can post your donation directly to their warehouse in Buckinghamshire or you can drop off your items at The Entertainer toy shops located around the U.K.
Bic & Terracycle
There are currently 445 collection points across the UK where you can drop off your used pens to be recycled, helping to protect the environment. The writing instruments will be cleaned and melted down to remold into new products.