Plastic Toys

Alternative ways to recycle
Special Instructions

Curbside Pickup: Schedule a free Recycle More pickup today for any battery powered or electronic toys.  Otherwise, unusable toys can go in the recycling cart only if they do not have other non-plastic parts (like metal, rubber wheels, etc.). Items made of mixed materials should go in the landfill cart.

Are your toys still in usable condition? Donate them! Visit our Donation Locations page for more information.

Would you like to borrow toys instead of buying new ones? Community Resources for Children’s Toy Library & Early Learning Center is a sustainable resource for Napa families and early childhood educators. Toys and early learning materials are available for a 14-day loan to anyone who lives in Napa County.


Electronic Parts? It's E-Waste

Do not put plastic toys that contain memory chips or computer screens in the trash. If it has electronic parts, it should be disposed of with e-waste.


Remove Batteries

Always check to see if a plastic toy has batteries. If it contains batteries, remove and dispose of them as household hazardous waste. Find out how to dispose of batteries.

Alternative Ways to Recycle


Hasbro Toy Recycling Program

You can send in used Hasbro toys and games to the Hasbro Toy Recycling Program, which is a free recycling program through TerraCycle. Find out how to mail in these toys.

Ways to Reduce

Buy Eco-Friendly Toys

Green Toys is a company that uses recycled plastics and other environmentally friendly materials to makes their products.


Repair Broken Toys

Avoid throwing away every toy that breaks to reduce the amount of waste produced by your household. Some companies, like Lego, will replace or sell missing pieces. You can also send in toys to repair services, such as This Old Toy and Randy’s Toy Shop.

Ways to Reuse

Donate to a Thrift Shop or Charity

If your plastic toys are in good condition, donate them to a thrift shop or charity. Second Chance Toys and Room to Grow will happily accept donations. Donation Town also picks up unwanted toys and then gives them to children in need.

Did You Know?

The Dark Side of Plastic Toys

Plastic toys are thrown out frequently: 55 percent of parents admit to throwing away toys regularly to reduce clutter. As these toys sit underground in landfills, they will leach hazardous toxins into the air and water. These toxins are derived from plastic, and are known to increase the risk of developing liver and kidney disease and other cancers.