How to recycle toys

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Did you know that more than 40 million toys were thrown away last year?

And of that 40 million, 13 million toys ended up in the dustbin and landfill sites?

Those numbers are quite incredible aren’t they? We were pretty shocked when reading them especially as Kwik Sweep aims to limit the amount of waste sent to landfill. They might be ethical toys but they’re not ethical if they are discarded into our landfills when a child has grown out of them.

Christmas is a time of giving to those less fortunate then ourselves, so as your children grow out their toys it will be nice to give them to those who can reuse them.

Toys we can take

We can take all types of toys including board games, computer games/consoles to name a few.

  • All toys MUST have their original boxes and have their instruction manuals if applicable. They must be in working order and in good condition.
  • We DO NOT take stuffed animals as a matter of policy for hygeine reasons.

So how do I Recycle toys?

Contact Kwik Sweep on 0207 624 9215 or email us and we will collect them for free in the London area form the 1st to 20th of December.

Or you can take them to

  1. A local charity shop
  2. A local children’s charity
  3. A children’s hospital
  4. A children’s hospice
  5. A local playgroup
  6. A local toy library
  7. A local jumble sale
  8. A toy swap party

Children’s hospitals – treat hundreds of children every day, some of these children stay in hospital for many weeks, even months. The toys your children have become grown out of could make a child’s stay in hospital just that little bit easier.

Children’s Charities – such as Barnardo’s will use the toys to raise vital funds for their charity.

Charity Shop – take your old toys to your local charity shop and help a charity raise necessary money while recycling your children’s toys.

Children’s Hospice – children in hospices are very, very ill. Your child’s old toy might bring a smile to their face.

Playgroup – ask your local playgroup if they would like some of your child’s outgrown toys. If they take them then you are saving your local playgroup some money.

Toy Library – Your local Toy Library is a wonderful source of toys for children. Parents take their children to the Toy Library where they ‘borrow’ toys for a certain length of time just like a regular library. What your child might be bored with will excite and interest other children who use Toy Libraries.

Jumble Sale – Donate your child’s old toys to your local jumble sale and help raise money for a good local community cause.

Have a Toy Swap Party – Invite local mums over with their kids unwanted toys, swap them round and send them home with great ‘new’ toys for their kids. Also a great excuse for a cup of coffee and a chat with mums in your area!


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