Crayons Put in Garbage Cart/Bin Ways to Reuse Make New Crayons From the Old Ones Crayons that are too small to hold or are broken into pieces can be melted down and turned into new crayons at home. Find out how. Did You Know? The Impact of Crayons in Landfills Unfortunately, most crayons end up in landfills. The paper wrapper will break down with time, but crayons are made of a petroleum by-product called paraffin, which isn’t biodegradable and will just sit in the landfill forever. Between 45,000 and 75,000 pounds of broken crayons are annually thrown into landfills. Eco-Friendly Crayons You can find crayons made from soy and ones made from beeswax, both of which are completely biodegradable and paraffin wax free. Sparkle Star Crayons even makes new crayons from old ones, thus preventing those crayon stubs from ending up in landfills.