What Do I Do with the Old Toys?
Typically, toys are composed of several different kinds of materials, which makes recycling a challenge. Check plastic toys for any recycling identification number. You might disassemble items into recyclable components: metal or cardboard pieces, fabric from doll clothes, etc. Electronic toys can often be recycled as e-waste.
And with more toy companies taking eco-friendly steps, the next time you're buying toys, you may be able to find items that can be easily recycled later.
Many places will accept gently used toys as donations. Here are a few options. (Be sure to clean the toys and remove any batteries first.)
- Donation Town (They accept gently used, complete toys, from stuffed animals and dolls to sports equipment and puzzles. They’ll come to you and pick it up for free.)
- Local shelters, daycares or children’s hospitals
- Local thrift stores
- Stuffed Animals For Emergencies (SAFE)
- Regift toys or books in good condition.
- Hold a toy swap with your friends or community moms.
- Have a yard sale, or sell your items on craigslist or eBay.
- Upcycle toy parts into crafty creations like this cool lamp (pictured below) made from plastic characters "climbing" the base.
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