Ready to spring clean your kids’ toys? Now you can recycle them

Turn your broken toys into park benches and picnic tables. TerraCycle, Tom’s of Maine


Oh, I know there are toy boxes all over Austin that are full of broken toys that don’t work, haven’t been thought of in years and will never see their former glory again. While you’re Marie Kondo-ing your home after watching the guru of home organization speak at SXSW, consider that those broken toys that no longer spark joy at your house, can spark joy elsewhere.

Natural personal care product manufacturer Tom’s of Maine is working with recycler TerraCycle to help you recycle those toys. If you go to the Tom’s of Maine Website,, you can enter your contact information and be given a free shipping label in your email. Then you just put your broken toys — up to 10 pounds — in a box with the label.

Your broken toys will be recycled by  TerraCycle to create park benches and picnic tables.

It’s a win-win. You get the toys out of your house, TerraCycle and Tom’s of Maine gets to take toys of the landfills and create the materials for something useful. Tom’s of Maine also has a #LessWasteChallenge on its site to encourage people to reduce waste by 1 pound a week. So far 198 people in Texas have taken the challenge. New York is kicking our eco-friendly booties, though, with 463 pledges.

Looking for more cleaning tips? Read our stories on home organization:

Organize your home one room at a time

Clean out your garage

Clean out your pantry

Clean out your closet

Revisit old home organization projects

Author: Nicole Villalpando

Nicole Villalpando writes about families in the Raising Austin blog and the Raising Austin column on Saturdays. She also offers a weekly and monthly family calendar at She tweets at @raisingaustin.

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