Hasbro’s Toy Recycling Program – it’s FREE

There has been a lot of debate about manufacturers and the amount of packaging they use for products we consume. While some people blame the manufacturers for the waste generated from this packaging others blame the consumers for not choosing products that are manufactured in an environmentally conscious manner.

Let’s look at this example – You buy a toy for your child, they play with it for a few days or months and they are done with it. Now they want the next toy out there. What do you do with the toy your child does not want anymore? Do you pass it on to someone else who needs it, donate it or just throw it in the bin? Well, some of these plastic toys end up in landfill while some end up at the beach or in the belly of a whale which is quite depressing.

Statistics

The amount of plastic that make their way to the marine environment from waste produced on land is not known but a study believes 4.8 to 12.7 million metric tonnes of plastic waste make their way into these water bodies.

Packaging in which products are shipped should be reduced. Reducing packaging and finding alternative materials that are sustainable and have less impact on the environment would go a long way in making our planet safe for us and future generations.

Hasbro – What are They Doing?

A top manufacturer Hasbro has decided to do something about the issue of getting hold of materials even before they make it to landfill or the marine environment. Hasbro is partnering with Terracycle to recycle unwanted toys. This is only a pilot program limited to the U.S at the moment and if the program is successful, it will be expanded.

Acceptable materials

Hasbro toys and games accepted in this program include wood/plastic/metal, board games, dolls, action figures, plush toys and games.

Unacceptable materials

Materials not accepted include:

  • Batteries
  • Baby products such as car seats, play pens, high chairs, swings, bouncy seats
  • Ride – ons such as scooters, skateboards, bicycles and tricycles

It is important to remove batteries from toys before sending them to Terracycle. A good idea would be to check with your municipality so that they can advice you on how to go about recycling your batteries.

Terracycle’s Plastic Toy Recycling Process

The process involves collection, separation by materials type and processing.

  1. Collection: toys are shipped to Terracycle and gathered.
  2. Separation: After collection, the toys are separated by material type; that is plastics, metals.
  3. Processing: After the materials are separated, they are now processed into raw materials. The raw materials are used to manufacture new recycled products.

What I like about the program

You’re not paying a dime to get these items recycled. Simply send them for recycling FREE.

New Products

Playgrounds, flower pots, benches are some final products that can be produced from old plastic toys.

How to participate

You would need to create an online account with Terracycle. Once that’s done, a free shipping label will be sent to you to stick on toy boxes to be recycled.

Toy Donations…A no no

It is important to point out that the Hasbro toy pilot program focuses on recycling the toys collected so if you are looking at donating your toys rather than recycle them, you would need to contact the charity yourself to see if they will take it.

If the Hasbro recycling program is successful, the program will be expanded worldwide. A list of acceptable and non-acceptable materials can be found on the terracycle website.
It is only fair to say that we all should reduce as much as possible, then reuse and recycle in that order. If we can reduce our waste right at the source, then the amount of waste we generate will reduce drastically.

Manufacturers need to analyze the materials required to make a product first. These days packaging comes in huge sizes in most cases. If manufacturers can do their part and consumers also opt for environmentally friendly alternatives, then there will be minimal waste or zero waste lying around.

What do you think? Share your thoughts. I’d love to hear from you.

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4 thoughts on “Hasbro’s Toy Recycling Program – it’s FREE”

  1. I’m a big fan of recycling. There’s so many ways for companies to reuse raw materials to create something better. I like that Hasbro has decided to go down this road, good for them. I also like that the recycling program is free, that’s a huge perk.

    Recycling in general is just a good thing to do. When we throw plastic away, or even soda cans away, we’re not reusing resources and instead that stuff gets trashed. Recycling also helps our planet as well.

    Good article!

    • Hi Jake, thanks for leaving a comment. Yes it is important for us to reduce reuse and recycle whenever we can and Hasbro is taking this big step. We all can take little steps to do what we can to preserve the earth. Glad you like this article. Feel free to visit this site again soon!

  2. Yes, lovely post. Recycling is really the way of love. I really love what Hasbro is doing and every effort counts. While I believe individual actions count, I ultimately believe that working together and getting behind initiatives like these is the way forward. Thanks for sharing this so we have a way to do this together. Thank you

    • Thanks for leaving a comment Ht. Hasbro is indeed doing something great by ensuring unwanted toys are recycled into new products. I really do hope they will be able to expand the program worldwide so that those toys don’t end up in landfill.

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