Turn Empty Bottles Into Fulfilling Lessons With Elmer’s Glue Crew

Calling all classrooms! The Elmer’s Glue Crew wants YOU! As the new school year begins, students are going through glue like it’s going out of style. So, why not get your classroom involved in recycling all of those empty glue sticks and glue bottles?

Let me tell you about how the Elmer’s Glue Crew Recycling Program works.

  1. Collect the Bottles– Glue stick containers and glue bottles can be recycled. Elmer’s Washable School Glue and Glue-All bottles will need to be marked with a #1 or #2 recycling symbol. Since glue sticks are so small, you won’t see the symbol on them. It’s still okay to send them though!
  2. Clean the Bottles– warm water works great for this. The bottles don’t have to perfect- just do your best.
  3. Drop Them Off– There are two ways to return your empty bottles. They can be dropped off at WalMart or sent in through the TerraCycle Glue Crew Brigade.

So, what is the best way to go about collecting these empty glue containers? I recommend making a Glue Crew Collection Box! This is a fun, easy project and provides a central location for the empties to be collected.

I recently made my very own Glue Crew Collection Box. It was pretty simple and a whole lot of fun. I want to share with you how I did it just in case you’d like to get involved and make your very own collection box.



1. Let’s start by cutting the sides off of your tri-fold display board, Just cut straight down the lines where it folds. You should be left with three pieces.

2. The larger middle piece of the tri-fold board will become the bottom and two sides of your collection box. We’re going to use our quilting ruler (or yard stick) and a pencil to divide this larger middle piece into 3 pieces. I have drawn a very inaccurate diagram above to show you where the lines should be drawn.

3. Now, take your measuring device and lay it flush with one of the lines you have drawn. Using it as leverage and being careful not to move it, carefully bend the board along the pencil line that you drew.

4. Repeat this with the other line. You’ve created what looks like a mini tri-fold display!

5. We are now going to make our other two sides. They need to measure 8″ x 10″. You’re going to need two pieces this side, and they can actually be cut from one side piece. One side of each smaller piece measures 10″, so we just need to make a line at 8″ and a line at 16″ to get our two side sections. This is drawn for all of you visual learners above.

6. Carefully cut along the two lines you just drew to create your two side pieces.

7. It is now time to start assembling our box. I did this with clear packing tape and I did it in stages. Lay your pieces white side facing down. Lay one of your smaller side pieces flush against your main piece, with the 10″ side touching. The bottom of the side piece should be even with the fold on the main piece. Place a piece of tape on the seam to connect your side piece to your main piece.

8. Repeat this on the other side of your main piece with the 2nd side piece.

9. Continue taping each side of the side pieces to the main box piece, taking care to make sure that everything lines up well.

10. Stand back and check out the box that you just created!

11. I added some extra tape to the seams at this point. I wanted to make the box as sturdy as possible to hold all of the glue bottles and glue sticks.

12. Now for the fun part– decorate your box! I used my Cricut Electronic Cutter and the Cricut Classic Font Cartridge to cut a border and letters out for my box. The pieces were all adhered to the box using Elmer’s X-TREME School Glue Stick. I was secretly hoping to empty my glue stick so that it would be the first one in the collection box. However, I still have plenty of glue remaining!

I really like our Glue Crew Collection Box. Well… other than the colors. Every time I look at it I think of the Florida Gators, and that’s not a pleasant thought for a family of FSU and UGA fans!

This box will make it’s way to the school it will live in next week. We’re going to place it in Raileigh’s old preschool back in Georgia while we are there visiting.

If you would like to get involved, make sure to stop by the Elmer’s Glue Crew website. You’ll find helpful tips, a plethora of Glue Crew Collection Box pictures, and some resources to get your kids involved and excited about recycling. After all, this is just one more way that your child can #bagitforward!

Speaking of Bag It Forward… just in case you missed our post full of pictures and details about our experience with this exciting program, I invite you to check it out now. It’s not too late to get your children involved in helping others and Bag It Forward to a child in need or a teacher as well!

I also wanted to let you know that Elmer’s is a UPromise Partner. Every time you purchase an Elmer’s or Krazy Glue product with your registered drug or grocery card, a percentage of your purchase will be put into your Upromise account. More information can be found on the Elmer’s website.

What are you waiting for? Go get started creating those Glue Crew Collection Boxes and really get your children into recycling this school year.

Disclosure: This post was compensated as part of a social insights study for Elmer’s #bagitforward #collectivebias. All opinions are my own.

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