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California students petition Crayola for marker recycling

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Kids go through a lot of markers. From school projects to decorating notebook covers with band logos, those finger-staining mainstays of classic American school supplies are as ubiquitous as No. 2 pencils.

For some 40 grade-schoolers in San Rafael, California, the sheer volume of student marker usage was the inspiration behind a new petition urging Crayola to develop a recycling program for used plastic markers.

"The idea evolved from conversations with kids about plastic waste and they immediately identified with how many Crayola plastic markers they had thrown away," said Land Wilson, a parent of one of the Sun Valley School students behind the petition to "We simply want Crayola to establish an easy take back program that kids can partake in  -- i.e. prepaid return envelopes with their products or dropoff locations at retail outlets and schools."