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Pompton Lakes Scouts Start Colorful Service Project

Pompton Lakes Cub Scouts are collecting old crayons to recycle for their November project.
Pompton Lakes Cub Scouts are collecting old crayons to recycle for their November project. Photo Credit: Facebook
Crayon collection boxes have been set up throughout Pompton Lakes.
Crayon collection boxes have been set up throughout Pompton Lakes. Photo Credit: Pompton Lakes Public Library Facebook

POMPTON LAKES, N.J. — Pompton Lakes children will use their service project to protect the environment, one crayon at a time.

This month Cub Scout Pack 38 will collect broken, used or unwanted crayons at locations throughout the borough.

The boxes can be found at St. Mary’s School, Lenox School, Lincoln School and Pompton Lakes Library.

The collected crayons will be recycled into new ones.

The goal is to keep crayons out of landfills. The wax from crayons is not biodegradable and will not break down, leaving a waxy sludge in landfills.

Ashley Monochello, children's librarian in Pompton Lakes, said the Scouts often work together with the library. Some other Scout drives held at the library include mittens and pet food.

"I think it's definitely a great relationship to have," Monochello said. "We're always happy to help the Scouts out and they're trying to help out the community. It's great we can work together to do this."

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