“What do I do with all our great Lego toys? Can I donate Lego pieces if they are all mixed up? Can I recycle used Legos?” Well, here’s the answer. Most thrifts don’t take mixed Legos, and Legos can’t be recycled, but BrickRecycler.com takes Lego toys donation and sends them to new homes where they will be loved again. So many schools in low income areas, foster care programs, etc. need a few pounds of Lego toys but don’t have money to buy them.
All these great causes only need a certain amount of Lego bricks and pieces, so it is easy to overwhelm them. We match up all the Lego charitable donations with actual needs to make sure the pieces go to great use.
Any day can be “Earth Day”, not just April 20th. You can do “spring cleaning” any day of the year. Declutter your home, save the environment, and spread joy all at the same time! Donate Legos, or tell others about the Lego recycling center. We rely heavily on word of mouth to spread the news, so if you add a link to this site, or connect with us on social media, you are really helping out too.
BrickRecycler.com accepts mixed up or complete LEGO sets and pieces (bricks, sets, figures, etc), and matches them with kids that will use, cherish, and learn from them. Only LEGO brand is being accepted at this time.
BrickRecycler.com was born after we did a study, calling over 40 thrift shops, libraries, and charitable organizations throughout the US and found most thrift shops do not take mixed up LEGO pieces, and if people drop them off, the thrifts just dump in recycling bins or in the trash.
Then we called every curbside recycling center covering the top 30 metro areas in the US. Sadly we found that LEGOs also are not recyclable by these centers for a variety of reasons, including:
- contains ABS as well as other mixed plastics
- don’t contain any recycling symbols
- are not considered “containers”
- are “toys”
- are far too small to be mechanically sorted
- some may include: electrical elements, wires, batteries, or magnets.
So if you’ve out grown your Lego collection, instead of storing these bricks indefinitely, hoping they will be reused by your grandkids, or dumping in the trash; simply send your used or new pieces to us at the address above. Lego packing tips can be found here.
BrickRecyler.com has donated hundreds and hundreds of pounds to multiple organizations, including Haitian children, orphans in Zimbabwe, LEGO clubs, foster child programs, etc.
Boy Scout, Girl Scout troops, teens, and schools have used done LEGO drives as a great community service project and sent Legos to us! Wow, you can help people declutter their homes, pass awesome toys on to multiple future generations, and save the environment all at the same time. This is an example of “Pay it Forward” to the max!
Yes, BrickRecycler.com is still accepting donations of new and used Lego sets and pieces (complete or not). We will be adding more links for other places to donate toys that take other types of toys as well, in case you have new toys.
If you are a 501 (c)(3) organization that desperately needs Legos, please contact us at the email above as well. Thanks for spreading so much joy!
The following are just some of the curbside recycling program metro areas we contacted to see if they accept Legos in their plastic recycling:
NY, NJ, PA
CA: LA, Long Beach, Anaheim, San Francisco, San Jose
TX: Dallas, Fortworth, Arlington
IL: Chicago, Elgin, Naperville
DC, VA, MD, WV
FL: Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach
PA, NJ, DE, MD: Philadelphia, Camden, Wilmington
MI: Detroit, Warren Dearborn
WA: Tacoma, Seattle
MN, WI: Minneapolis St. Paul, Bloomington
NH, MA: Newton, Boston, Cambridge
CA: Riverside, Ontario
AZ: Phoenix, Mesa, Scottsdale