Don't Throw Away Your Old Crayons, Recycle Them

Aug 24, 2018

Cassie Shefchik's crayons.
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It’s back to school time for many children and teachers.

It’s a good time to make sure you have all of your needed school supplies, and also a good time to get rid of or donate ones you no longer need.

In Rhinelander, you can donate your old crayons or purchase crayons that have been remolded into new ones at the Hodag Farmer’s Market every Saturday.

Cassie Shefchik gets donations of crayons every year, then melts them into new shapes and colors and sells them.

Cassie Shefchik's crayons.
Credit Mackenzie Martin / WXPR

"I try and be sustainable," she says. "Everything I make is usually something that would've been thrown away. It's almost like a renewable resource because there are always crayons to be recycled and I've been doing it for over 30 years. It started when my children were young and that was the way that I could afford to get them new crayons, to make new ones out of their old ones."

Shefchik says they make six hundred dozen crayons a year.

"They're popular all summer long," says Shefchik. "As long as we're at market, they're popular."

Shefchik can be found at the Hodag Farmer's Market at Pioneer Park every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. until mid October.

Shefchik sells a dozen of her regular crayons for $2.00. Three larger crayons can also be purchased for $2.00.