January Clear Out Tips – How to Recycle Old Toys

Christmas is a time of joy, giving, and, inevitably, a time when families discover that their homes are overflowing with old toys. If you’re planning a January clear-out, instead of simply tossing those beloved playthings into the bin, consider recycling them in an eco-friendly way.

Recycle old toys In this blog post, we’ll share some valuable tips on how to recycle old toys and give them a new lease on life.

Sorting and Assessing

The first step in recycling old toys is to sort and assess them. Separate toys into categories: broken or heavily worn, gently used but no longer needed, and toys in good condition that can be passed on to others. This categorisation will help you decide how to recycle each group effectively.

Repair and Reuse

Before you consider recycling, assess if any of the toys in the “broken” category can be repaired. Sometimes, a little glue, a new battery, or a simple fix can bring a beloved toy back to life. Repairing toys not only extends their usefulness but also reduces waste. Check out the Rediscovery centre in Ballymun for repair workshops.

Donate or Gift

For toys that are in good condition but no longer needed, consider donating them to local charities, shelters, or organisations that support children in need. Many kids would appreciate the gift of a gently used toy during the holiday season.

Thrift Stores and Second-Hand Shops

Consider donating your used toys to thrift stores or second-hand shops. Toys in good condition are often in demand, and these stores can help find new homes for them.

Recycle Responsibly

For toys that are no longer usable or beyond repair, recycling is the best option. Many toy components, such as plastic, metal, and electronics, can be recycled. Contact your local recycling facility or waste management authority to learn about their specific guidelines for recycling toys. Anything with a battery or electrical compoents cannot go into your waste bin. It must go to a WEEEIreland drop off location.

Electronic Toy Recycling

Electronic toys often contain batteries or small electronic components that need special handling. Many electronics stores and recycling centers have drop-off locations for batteries and electronics. Ensure these components are disposed of properly to prevent environmental harm.

Recycle Packaging

Remember to recycle the packaging that comes with new toys, such as cardboard boxes and plastic wrap, in accordance with your local recycling guidelines. Reducing waste also contributes to a more eco-friendly Christmas clear-out.


Recycling old toys during your Christmas clear-out is a meaningful way to reduce waste, give back to your community, and teach your children about responsible consumption. By following these tips and considering the needs of others, you can ensure that your holiday season is not only joyful but also sustainable. So, let’s spread the spirit of giving and recycling this Christmas.