Can crayons be recycled?

Crayola is continually evaluating opportunities to make our products environmentally friendly.  We currently take steps to address environmental health and safety issues by reducing, reusing and recycling our materials.  For example, at least 90% of Crayola Crayon packaging is made from recycled cardboard and nearly all Crayola product packaging is made of recyclable materials.  For years, Crayola has remelted crayons that do not meet our high quality molding standards and reused the wax.  All Crayola facilities comply with local and federal clean air standards.    We manufacture almost 3 billion crayons each year.   The crayon manufacturing process can be viewed on our web site by visiting   

The basic ingredients contained in Crayola Crayons are paraffin wax, stearic acid and powder color pigment.  The ingredients are the same for all Crayola Crayon colors, with some modifications in special effects crayons.  The paraffin wax is melted and mixed together with pre-measured amounts of color pigments.  We purchase the powder pigments and either use individual colors or mix the pigments to produce the many colors of Crayola Crayons.  The hot wax mixture is poured into molding machines.  In about four to seven minutes, the crayons cool and become solid.