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Can it be recycled?

Toy and gift packaging

Most packaging is recyclable but it will need to be separated and sorted.

Can it be recycled: near your postcode?

What do I need to do?

Here are a few simple tips provided by The British Toy and Hobby Association. 

  • Retain all safety information from the packaging and store with the instructions for use. This way you can refer to it in future, or pass it on to others should you give the toy to friends, family or a charity shop.
  • Keep small items of packaging and plastic bags away from children at all times. 
  • Separate any plastic windows from the card boxes before recycling.
  • Separate out cardboard, plain paper, printed wrapping paper, metal and plastics into different piles.  You might want to have several bin bags handy so you can sort whilst opening presents.
  • Wire ties should be kept aside from the rest of the packaging.  These are not generally recyclable but could be reused i.e. for tying up plants in the garden. 
  • Flatten and crush board for ease of transport to recycling facilities or to fit more into your kerbside collection.
  • Plastic blisters/windows marked PET or PETE can be recycled by most local authorities.  
  • Check with your local council to find out exactly what materials are recycled in your area.
  • Retain packaging where it is the obvious storage device for the product, such as jigsaws and games

Visit the British Toy and Hobby Association website for further information on the National Toy Council and  toy safety symbols.