After the recent success of the Cash for Clunkers program, several retailers are jumping on the bandwagon and starting their own initiatives. Now, Toys "R" Us is getting a piece of the pie with its "Great Trade-In Event."
Set to run through Sept. 20, Toys "R" Us and Babies "R" Us are accepting used cribs, car seats, bassinets, strollers, travel systems, play yards or high chairs in exchange for a 20 percent savings on any new baby item.
According to Toy "R" Us, the event's main concern is specific baby products and car seats that are not fit to be handed down or resold. This comes after safety experts announced that the sales of used products are on the rise, and consumers should be aware of the risks of second-hand items like these.
Several organizations are supporting the program, including The New York State Consumer Protection Board.
"The incentive program sets a good example of how retailers can make a difference in our efforts to help keep children safe by raising awareness and offering consumers the occasion to drop off their no-longer-safe-for-use items at their Toys "R" Us and Babies "R" Us stores nationwide," Mindy A. Bockstein, executive director of CPB told WKOWTV in Madison, Wis.
Recycling toys can be tricky, as most curbside programs will not accept unwanted toys. They are often comprised of several different materials, making them difficult to recycle. While reusing toys or donating them is always best, if electronic toys are irreparably damaged, they should be recycled with other e-waste.