As you can imagine, I’m pretty committed to recycling and making sure my children – as well as our friends – are aware of all the different ways of recycling in our community.   Did you know that glue sticks are not recyclable in the traditional sense – you can’t just throw them into the recycling bin, that they have to go to a special place to be taken apart and recycled?  I learned this when I was given the chance to join up with Elmer’s Glue Crew!

 Sarah and I headed to Walmart to stock up on items to decorate the Glue Crew collection box we were going to make and donate to Jeremiah’s kindergarten classroom, along with Elmer’s Glue Sticks and Elmer’s School Glue.  While there, I took some photos of Sarah with Elmer’s 1st Day App, which is a great way to not only capture precious memories of your children, but is a great way to give back – every photo uploaded to the Elmer’s 1st Day App will mean a product donated to the Kids in Need Foundation!

While shopping, besides finding great deals on Elmer’s products – from glue sticks, to rubber cement, and more (you can check out our shopping adventure further on my Google + Story!!) but we also found the bags on sale, as well (a great way to buy school supplies and donate all at once!)  

When Jeremiah was done with school, we came home and started decorating our Glue Crew Recycling Bin.  I started with a large, sturdy box we already had, and we covered it with blue and white construction paper (Jeremiah’s school colors.)  We used Elmer’s Blue Glitter Glue to secure it, which made it more fun than just regular glue, of course, and I helped pat down any loose edges and corners with Elmer’s School Glue Sticks.

In my opinion, it’s always best to work on the floor when you’re doing things like gluing or decorating with Elmer’s 3D glitter paint.  They kids couldn’t wait to decorate the Glue Crew donation bin with the various colors of glitter paint.

I used an Elmer’s School Glue bottle to measure how big of a hole to make so the kindergartners in Jeremiah’s class could easily place their used glue bottles inside, and then we started ‘painting.’

As you can see, decorating is a relative term – we are absolutely more abstract artists here, not realists.  :)  Either way, the kids had so much fun using both the small and large bottles of Elmer’s 3D Glitter Glue!

We took our (dry) completed Glue Crew Bin to Jeremiah’s kindergarten class – I did discuss with his teacher how important recycling the glue sticks and bottles were, and she was so sweet and receptive.  She was especially thankful for the donation of 15 Elmer’s School Glue bottles and 20 Elmer’s Glue sticks, as well.   I look forward to picking up a full (and heavy) Glue Crew Bin when it needs to be taken in for recycling!

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  1. I wish they had colorful glue like that when I was in school. Looks like a really fun time for everyone and a great cause!
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  2. I had no idea that glue bottles and sticks were recyclable! Well, they’re plastic, so I should have guessed that they were, but it never occurred to me. Such a cute project!
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  3. I love that the kids helped decorate the box. I didn’t know the glue sticks could be recycled with Elmers.

    Oh and the purple glue sticks are my favorite!!

  4. So cute! I made one of these last year and you just reminded me to do it again this school year!
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  5. They did a great job! What a great idea! I never knew that you couldn’t recycle glue sticks like other stuff! We have the elmers glitter glue and love using it
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  6. I love this! Too fun and very cool. We recycle and need to make a creative colorful box to put our recycle items in … what a nice craft idea!
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  7. What a colorful and creative Glue Crew Bin! Your crew of young artists did a wonderful job expressing their passion for this project!! Way to go :) I am certain the contribution of your bin will inspire the whole class to want to contribute! Thank you so much for sharing your Bag It Forward experience!!

  8. That’s really neat! I would have thrown the glue sticks in a normal bin to recycle, now I know better.

  9. I love the cute box your kids made! What a fun way to get them excited about recycling!
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  10. Very cool! We took in a few extra glue sticks that we picked up. I know some kids like to use a bit too much so it runs out faster than it should! haha
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  11. What a fabulous recycle box! I am going to do this for my first grade class…thanks for sharing!
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