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Where can I recycle or donate used Legos?

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Donate and Recycle LEGO. Donations bring joy to your toys too.

“What do I do with all our great Lego toys we don’t use? Can I donate Lego pieces or Pokemon cards, if they are all mixed up? Can I recycle used Legos?” Well, here’s the answer:

Simply put Lego donation in a plastic bag and send to Brick Recycler at the address above and we will take care of the rest, making sure they are put back in the hands of kids that will love them once again! No need to sort, wash, make into sets, etc.

If you would like get a shipping label and contribute some towards shipping (or simply donate to help defray others’ shipping costs) click here. Suggested amount is just $20/box since we get a good discounted rate. Before you click, know the weight and dimensions. Please consolidate into fewer number of boxes (min of 15 lbs and max 50 lbs. in any box). We just received a very generous donation of $1,000 that will help tremendously in covering shipping costs for many many donations.

Here are a few Packing Tips too. We are now accepting Pokemon card donations as well (but not other toys or brands). Some (unexpectedly) even sent us unused gift cards that we were able to trade for shipping expenses. Bless you.

For a limited time we are offering FREE SHIPPING (15 lb min). Click HERE if you would like this.

Most people simply mail in, but if you are near the SF Bay Area, Austin, or Sarasota we can meet up nearby if you email us your availability. See email at bottom of the page. 

Most thrift shops don’t don’t even accept mixed Legos and dump them. Legos sent to city recycling centers are painfully sorted out, then put in the landfill. You can help by donating or simply spreading the word to others.

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Why Donate Used or New Legos to Brick Recycler?

  BrickRecycler.com accepts Lego donations of all kinds, whether they are old or new sets, complete or incomplete. We then send these toys off to their new homes where they will be loved all over again. 

Most of these great causes only need a few boxes of Lego bricks, so we try to give them all they need but not overwhelm them. Our goal to help make sure all pieces end up in the hands of those who will cherish them. These are just a few examples of the many places we’ve sent bricks and sets:

• Help One Child and Compassion (for foster children)
• Countless Children’s Organizations
• Orphanages in Mexico and Honduras
• Hands of Hope (for Zimbabwe orphanage)
• Camp Opportunity (for at risk kids)
• Dozens of Clubs and Lego enthusiasts
• Many children and adult “artists and architects”
• Robotics, Technology, & Art classes
• Short film projects
• Patients waiting for a heart transplant
• Youth Challenge (children with disabilities)

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The Joy Of Donating Legos

When should I donate used Legos?

While most children reach a point where they are ready to let all their Lego pieces go, others want to hold on to a few favorite sets. Many want to simply “thin out” first.

Today is the best day to free yourself from clutter. Any day can be “Earth Day.” You can help save the environment, and spread joy all at the same time by sending your used Legos sets any day of the year! 

Donate used Legos and tell others about Brick Recycler. We rely heavily on word of mouth so if you add a link to BrickRecylcer.com or post on social media, you are helping out in a massive way! You can post a review on Yelp also. Our mailing address may change in the future, but the current address is always listed on the website.

How Brick Recycler came into existence?

BrickRecycler.com was born after we did a study, calling over 40 thrift shops, and charitable organizations throughout the US and found that most do not accept mixed up LEGO pieces. If people decide to donate used Legos and drop them off anyway, those thrifts just dump them in recycling bins or in the trash. We were saddened that these perfectly good Legos were being wasted.

Then we called all the curbside recycling centers covering the top 30 metro areas in the US. We were hoping that the pieces that ended up there would still see some beneficial outcome, but we found that Legos are not recyclable at any of these!  They all told us that they had to some how sort out all these pieces and then put in the landfill.

The specific reasons that recycling centers gave us for not being able to recycle LEGOs varied. These are some:

  1. Contains ABS as well as other mixed plastics and rubber.
  2. Don’t contain any recycling symbols.
  3. Are not considered “containers.”
  4. Are  considered “toys.”
  5. Are far too small to be mechanically sorted.
  6. May include electrical elements, wires, batteries, or magnets.

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Donations put to use

BrickRecycler.com accepts mixed up or complete LEGO toy sets and pieces (bricks, sets, figures, etc.), organizes them and distributes them to kids who will use, cherish, and learn from them with passion. We currently only accept the Lego brand of toys. So don’t hesitate and donate used Legos to us today!

So if you’ve outgrown your Lego collection, instead of storing these bricks under your bed hoping they will be reused by your grandkids or dumping them in the trash, simply choose to donate used Legos and send your used or new pieces to us at the address mentioned above. Lego packing tips can be found here.

LEGO Drive Community Service Projects

Boy Scout, Girl Scout troops, teens, and schools have in the past conducted Lego drives as a great community service project and sent all the donations to us! 

This is amazing to see kids who love these toys want to not only help save the environment, but want to pass on the joy of creativity with others. We are grateful for all these volunteers and those who take the time to pass the word on about our service. So many donors are happy to donate used Legos, knowing they can pass these awesome toys on to the less fortunate, and save the environment, all at the same time.  This is the best example of paying it forward!

Donate Legos today!

BrickRecycler.com is always accepting donations of new and used Lego brand sets and pieces (complete or not) as well as Pokemon cards.  If you are searching for other things to donate click here:

If you are a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization that needs Legos, please contact us at the email address mentioned below. Thanks for spreading so much joy!

Recycling Programs we contacted

The following are just some of the curbside recycling program metro areas we contacted to see if they accepted Legos in their plastic recycling, and none of them did:

NY, NJ, PA

CA: LA, Long Beach, Anaheim, San Francisco, San Jose

TX: Dallas, Fort Worth, 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

GA: Atlanta

NH, MA: Newton, Boston, Cambridge

CA: Riverside, Ontario

AZ: Phoenix, Mesa, Scottsdale

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