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 if they are all mixed up? Can I recycle used Legos?” Well, here’s the answer:

Simply bag your Lego donation and send to Brick Recycler at the address below 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.

Here are a few Packing Tips too. We are now accepting Pokemon card donations as well (but not other toys or brands).

If you would like get a shipping label and contribute some towards shipping (or simply donate to help defray others’ shipping costs) please click hereSuggested amount is just $25/box. Before you click, know the weight and dimensions. Please consolidate into fewer number of boxes (max 50 pounds in any box).

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

If you are local to the SF Bay Area we can even schedule to meet up. We are now also accepting Pokemon card donations.

Most thrift shops don’t don’t even accept mixed Legos and many end up dumping them. Legos cannot be recycled by city recycling centers, so they end up in landfills.

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 Lego bricks in small amounts, so we try not to overwhelm them. We organize our Lego donations based on the actual need of the organizations to make sure each piece is cherished the way it deserves to be loved. These are just a few examples of the many places we’ve sent donations:

• 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 of children and adult “artists and architects”
• Robotics, Technology, & Art classes
• A short film
• Patients waiting for a heart transplant
• Youth Challenge (children with disabilities)

When should I donate used Legos?

Today is the best day to free your self 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! 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.

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 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, the thrifts just dump them in recycling bins or in the trash. That is a waste of perfectly good Legos that can bring smiles to so many.

Then we called every curbside recycling center covering the top 30 metro areas in the US. Sadly, we found that Legos are not recyclable at any of these. The specific reasons varied. Here are a few reasons they gave:

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

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.

How you can help.

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! Amazing right? You too can encourage people to declutter their homes and donate used Legos, pass 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). If you have 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!

Yikes! Recycling programs can’t take LEGO!

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:


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

TX: Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington

IL: Chicago, Elgin, Naperville


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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Legos and kids alike, are happy again Donate to BrickReycler.com