Plastic Toys

batteries

Remove Batteries

Always check to see if a plastic toy has batteries. If it contains batteries, remove and dispose of them as household hazardous waste. Find out how to dispose of batteries.

electronic-toy

Electronic Parts? It's E-Waste

Do not put plastic toys that contain memory chips or computer screens in the trash. If it has electronic parts, it should be disposed of as e-waste.

Ways to Reduce

Buy Eco-Friendly Toys

Green Toys is a company that uses recycled plastics and other environmentally friendly materials to makes their products.

Lego

Repair Broken Toys

Avoid throwing away every toy that breaks to reduce the amount of waste produced by your household. Some companies, like Lego, will replace or sell missing pieces. You can also send in toys to repair services, such as This Old Toy and Randy’s Toy Shop.

Ways to Reuse

Donate to a Thrift Shop or Charity

If your plastic toys are in good condition, donate them to a thrift shop or charity. Second Chance Toys and Room to Grow will happily accept donations. Donation Town also picks up unwanted toys and then gives them to children in need.

Did You Know?

The Dark Side of Plastic Toys

Plastic toys are thrown out frequently: 55 percent of parents admit to throwing away toys regularly to reduce clutter. As these toys sit underground in landfills, they will leach hazardous toxins into the air and water. These toxins are derived from plastic, and are known to increase the risk of developing liver and kidney disease and other cancers.