SAN RAFAEL, CALIF. (May 16, 3:15 p.m. ET) — Hey, Crayola: Some California elementary school students want you to listen to them.
Kindergartners through fifth-graders at Sun Valley Elementary School in San Rafael have created an online petition asking the Easton, Pa.-based crayon and marker manufacturer to give convenient ways to recycle the millions of Crayola markers made each year, according to a news release.
The students, who call themselves “Kids that Care,” say there is no way to recycle the nearly half a billion markers made every year.
The group has already received nearly 46,000 online signatures and wants Crayola to create a take-back program that would allow consumers to recycle their plastic markers. The goal of the “Crayola: Make Your Mark” campaign is to get at least 50,000 signatures.
“I'm so proud of these kids,” Land Wilson, who volunteers at the school to staff the student group, said in a statement. “After learning how many plastic products end up in landfills, incinerators, and our oceans, these students decided to take action and ask this major international company to help.”