Plastic Toys Put in Recycling Cart/Bin If your items are in good condition, consider donating them. Electronic Parts? It's E-Waste Do not put plastic toys that contain 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 and dispose of them as household hazardous waste. Find out how to dispose of batteries. Ways to Reduce Buy Eco-Friendly Toys Green Toys is a company that uses recycled plastics and other environmentally friendly materials to makes 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. Second Chance Toys and Room to Grow will happily accept donations. Donation Town also 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.