Spring is in the air, and it is time for deep cleaning and decluttering the house. Perhaps the kids got some new toys over the holidays and you want to donate some of the old, unused toys that have been piling up. If you are clearing out LEGO or DUPLO blocks, consider donating them to kids in need using the free LEGO Replay program.
Donating with LEGO Replay is easy. Just go to their website and print a free shipping label. You will need a shipping label for each box you want to donate. Box up your unwanted LEGOs and mail them off for free. The LEGOs go to a workshop in Alabama where employees sort, clean, dry, and package up the LEGOs so that needy kids can have the chance to build, invent, and play with them. Donated LEGO bricks are currently sent to two children’s nonprofits in the United States, Teach for America and Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, and the logistics are provided by Give Back Box.
LEGO has a long history of environmental responsibility, and the company has an entire division dedicated to assuring that their products, factories, stores, and shipping methods minimize the environmental impact of their toys. LEGO currently strives to use renewable energy and to create minimal waste in their factories and stores. The company has set a goal to use only sustainable materials in their products by 2030 and in their packaging by 2025. The LEGO Replay program is part of this larger effort to make sure that their toys have a very low environmental impact while reaching out to kids who might not have the opportunity to use them otherwise.
There are other ways to find a new home for your LEGOs. If you don’t mind paying for shipping, you can donate your LEGO bricks to BrickDreams, a nonprofit group run by two boys in Folsom, California. LEGOs are collected and given to nearby kids in need.
Or like other toys, games, clothing, and household items, LEGOs cannot be recycled, but they can be donated to local charities like Goodwill or The Salvation Army. They can also be offered to schools or a local Boys & Girls Club or afterschool program. LEGOs can also be sold or given away through online marketplaces, such as Nextdoor, Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, or eBay.
Whether you sell or donate your unwanted LEGOs, finding them a new home will make both you and the new owners very happy, which might make it a bit easier to “LEGO” of them!
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