What to do with
Electrical or electronic toys and games can be recycled at your local recycling centre, but if they're still in good condition, consider passing them on to others...
Pass them on…
Community organisations and charities
As there are restrictions on businesses selling of second-hand electrical items, only organisations that are able to provide adequate safety checks will accept games and toys in good condition for re-use and/or resale. Before donating these items, please check to make sure they can accept them.
- Where possible, try to keep the original packaging (especially for games) as it helps keep all the pieces together
- Remember to keep the safety information and any instructions in a safe place. This is useful information for anyone buying a second hand game or toy
- Pass on items in good working condition for free at places such as Freecycle and Freegle
- Or sell them on websites like eBay and Gumtree
Friends, family and local events
- Ask family and friends - often they can use the things we don’t want anymore
- Sell items locally at car boots, nearly new and bring and buy sales
- Advertise them in the local paper or on local noticeboards
Did you know?
It's easy to check if a toy or game is recyclable. Simple ask the following questions:
- Does it have a plug?
- Does it use batteries?
- Does it need charging?
- Does it have a picture of a crossed out wheelie bin on it?
If you answer YES to any of these, it can be recycled.
Some councils now collect small electrical items as part of your recycling collection from home while others ask you to take these items to your nearest recycling centre. Check the recycling locator above or contact your local council to find out how you can recycle in your local area.