15 Years of Recycling in Hudson County

For the past 15 years, the Hudson County Improvement Authority has sponsored an Annual Crayon Recycling Contest for schools in Hudson County to celebrate the America Recycles Day held annually on November 15. To date, students across Hudson County have collected over 16 tons of crayons! These crayons have been given new life as they were recycled into new crazy-colored crayons and distributed back to participating schools. The HCIA's recycling project is an educational tool, teaching students that they can make a difference in our environment. Crayons are everywhere from tables at restaurants to doctors' waiting rooms to homes across the State. Crayons are a petroleum product and do not biodegrade easily. Recycling crayons is an innovative and fun way for children to help conserve our landfill space and energy. To commemorate 15 years of Crayon Recycling in Hudson County, we want to take a look back at our past success and look towards the future with an inspired goal.

crayons amount

The HCIA has collected and recycled 28,469 pounds of crayons!


Student Participation

In total, 226,538 students have participated in the Annual Crayon Recycling Contest.


Pound Per Student

The average number of pound collected per student over the past 15 contests is 0.126 lbs./student.



Students from 127 schools have participated in the Annual Crayon Recycling Contest!


crayons years

The HCIA wants to collect more crayons than ever before in our 2017/2018 contest! We have set a goal to collect 2,800 lbs. of crayons this year. The HCIA cannot achieve this goal on our own. That is why we are calling on all schools across the County to join in our 16th Annual Crayon Recycling Contest and help us reach our goal! Our 2017/2018 contest will kick off on November 15, 2017. For more information on how you and your school can get involved, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Mary-Ellen Gilpin, Director of Environmental Programs, at 201-324-6222 ext. 3225.


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