Reusing or Recycling Toys

Toy Recycling 

Toys help create an imaginative world of play, they can help build social skills and ease demands on parents!  Sometimes the most expensive toys are not the best option as kids enjoy playing with items from their home. They can build props like a play house or space rocket out of a reused cardboard boxes and tubes, creating their own special world.

Damaged Electronic Toys – Recycle IT

Most homes with kids have lots of toys. Storage containers are filled to the brim with, dolls, action figures, building blocks, cars, remote-controlled flying machines, games devices,  and many other items. Our questions is, what do parents and children do with the old favorites when the new games arrive?

Involve Children

Kid toys are exactly that, kids toys so its wise to keep children involved in any decisions regarding the future of their toys. Parents can be helpful by reinforcing the fact that their once loved yet unwanted items will be reused by kids with a greater need and the fact that the environment benefits by keeping these items out of landfill or incinerators should be valued.

Electronic Kids Game
Electronic Kids Game (Retro)

Toy Reuse 

When your kids have made the most of their old toys, they can always become a new favorite for another child or family. For toys and games that are in good condition, finding the toy a new home is the most eco-friendly thing is do.

Some ideas include

  • Arrange a toy swap shop with families in the community.
  • Car boot sale with proceeds offered to your local child support group.
  • Donate the toy to a charity shop.
  • Offer toys to a children’s hospital, children shelter, crèche or montessori.
  • Include in your schools shoe box appeal for shipment to other countries across the world.
  • Have a swap day with other kids on the road or in school.

Broken Toys and Games

Parent can always try to fixed toys by replacing broken or missing parts. Toy repair maybe possible, with toy makers such as Mattel, Fisher-Price and Lego replacing or selling you replacement pieces. There are also services that can repair broken toys, such as the Doll’s Hospital and Teddy Bear Clinic in Dublin. Some toys, like board games or toys with lots of small parts, might be re-purposed for arts and crafts use. You can also use various bits and bobs from toys to create mosaics, jewellery or pictures and get the kids involved.

Plastic Toys

Plastic toys that are broken or missing parts might be able to be recycled, depending on what type of plastic they’re made from. If the plastic number is not indicated on the toy or the packaging (if you even still have the packaging), you might be able to contact the manufacturer to find out what it’s made from, and then check with your local authority to make sure that your local recycling centre accepts that type of plastic. Alternatively you might consider letting kids build their own creations from disused plastic toys.

Kids Toys - Electronic Toys
Kids Toys – Electronic Toys

Electronic Toys

Toys with computer chips, computer screens, lights, noise, plugs, batteries or other electronic components can and should be recycled. They should not be added to the domestic waste. We know from experience this is not the case as very few electrical toys make their way to us for recycling. Recycle IT offer a collection and drop off services and will accept electrical and electronic toys including games consoles, cameras, tablets, remote control cars or planes, dolls, action figures, watches or replica phones. The list is endless but any toy with a plug or battery is acceptable for recycling.


Recycling and repurposing is environmentally responsible. You should involve your children. You can make sure your children understand the concept of recycling and the value old or broken toys have for others. Reused toys can bring joy to a child or recycling can help create a job!

Kids Piano
Kids Electronic Piano

About Recycle IT

Recycle IT is an award-winning not for profit social enterprise providing a collection and drop off service for all types of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). During 2016 Recycle IT offered drop off and collection services to 100,000 homes and businesses across Dublin and surrounding areas collecting a range of WEEE which includes thousands of computers, cables, monitors, microwaves and TV’s.

Recycle IT services are provided in partnership with WEEE Ireland. Recycle IT are supported by Pobal, South Dublin County Council and authorized by the National Waste Collection Permit Office and the local authorities across Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow.

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Recycle IT – Pakman Award Winner 2017

If  you need more information you can call Recycle IT a call on 01 4578321 or email


One thought on “Reusing or Recycling Toys

  1. Pauline Foster

    Although I recycle anything and everything I had not given any thought to the fact that noise making/flashing Kids Toys could be taken to the WEEE recycle depots. How many other people think like me on this one?

    I don’t think I have ever seen an ‘advert’ for WEEE recycling that shows kids toys.


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