Plastic Toys

Alternative ways to recycle
Put in Garbage Cart

You can donate used toys to your local Toy Library (see below); they provide disabled kids with toys, which gives caregivers new opportunities for child development.

Resource Lending Library
509 W. Weber Avenue, Ste.104, Stockton, CA 95203
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General Public

Family Resource Library
5151 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, CA 95207 
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College Community


Electronic Parts? It's E-Waste

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


Remove Batteries

Always check to see if a plastic toy has batteries. If it contains batteries, remove them and dispose of them separately. Find out what to do with batteries.

Alternative Ways to Recycle


Hasbro Toy Recycling Program

You can send in used Hasbro toys and games to the Hasbro Toy Recycling Program, which is a free recycling program through TerraCycle. Find out how to mail in these toys.

Ways to Reduce

Buy Eco-Friendly Toys

Avoid plastic toys when possible and opt for toys made from wood and natural cloth instead. Green Toys is a company that uses recycled plastics and other environmentally friendly materials to make their products.


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. Donation Town 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.