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Keep Alliance Beautiful recycling crayons with students

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Staff at the recycling non–profit Keep Alliance Beautiful (KAB) are teaching students how to be creative in a colorful way when it comes to recycling.

They are calling it the Crazy Crayon Recycling program.

Throughout the school year, students who use crayons in the classroom are asked to place unwanted and broken crayons in a box.

By the end of the year, the box is taken to the recycling center in Alliance.

It is then shipped to Minnetonka, Minn. where the crayons are melted and made into new crayons.

Environmental Education Specialist Melissa Cordell says kids get a kick out of recycling and learning that they can keep unwanted items out of the landfill.

"We're keeping a lot of waste out of the landfill by being able to use it. The neat thing with crayons is as long as there are remnants left, there's no limit to the amount of times they can be melted down and reused again." Said Cordell.

Since the program began four years ago, KAB has been able to stop more than 86,000 pounds of unwanted crayons from going into landfills.

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