LEGO is probably the one toy I am willing to spend full-price on just because they last forever!
LEGO actually sells 75 million products a year. That means there are a lot of LEGOS floating around out there. And it’s no wonder with as many fun kids activities you can do with Legos. Plus, they also make great stem activities as well.
Since there are so many bricks out there and since they last so long LEGO has now introduced a LEGO recycling program where you can get rid of unwanted bricks for free!
Yes, you may think of donating or selling old LEGO’s instead of recycling but for some, recycling unwanted bricks can be the better alternative to dumping the bricks into the trash.
LEGO has a goal of switching to 100% sustainable materials in the next decade and with your help, they can do that. That is why they started this program.
How to Recycle Unwanted LEGO Bricks
If you have unwanted LEGO bricks lying around (and hurting your feet) you can head over to the LEGO website to print a free mailing label.
Once printed, U.S. customers can box up unwanted LEGO bricks and ship them to the company for free.
What Will The Recycled LEGO Bricks Be Used For?
The pieces will be cleaned, put in a box and given to Teach for America which is a nonprofit that will donate them to classrooms across the United States. Some bricks will be also sent to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston for its after-school programs.
According to the website:
LEGO Replay is our way of helping fans donate bricks to kids in need. We’re currently trying it out in the United States. Just go to www.givebackbox.com/LEGO, print out a shipping label, box up your bricks and get them to the post office. You can also visit one of our LEGO Stores to get a free shipping label or drop your donation off in person. The bricks you send will be sorted and cleaned before being donated to Teach for America or Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston.
If you’re deciding what to do with LEGO® bricks when you don’t want to play with them anymore, we recommend passing them on to someone else or donating them to a local charity shop.
Bricks that don’t meet our high standards after being molded aren’t just thrown away. We can sometimes grind them down to make new pieces. Pieces that can’t be ground down and reused in molding help generate power in our facilities. When we make too many bricks of one kind, we donate them through our LEGO Foundation to charities all over the world!
So, know that your LEGO bricks will serve a new, fun purpose. I think this is a great way to recycle LEGO bricks if you don’t know where else to take them!
Lego Is Taking It A Step Further With Their Recycling
LEGO recycling isn’t the only way the company is going green! They’ve recently started switching from plastic bags to paper bags in their box sets.
After kids began asking for the switch LEGO obliged. They’re hoping in the next 5 years that they will have completely switched over to paper bags to make its packaging sustainable.
What do you think of these changes? Do you like them? Do you think they could be doing more? Let us know down below in the comments section!
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