Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Free Shipping Available to Mail in Toys for Recycling

Want to feel good about saying bye to broken toys that can't otherwise be resold at a yard sale or donated to charity?  Don't toss them away in the trash because starting TODAY you can recycle them instead. Tom's of Maine, a leading manufacturer of personal care products, and the recycling experts at TerraCycle are working together to put broken toys to good use.  From March 21 through April 28, 2017 ship broken toys directly to TerraCycle for FREE to be recycled into new products as part of Tom's of Maine's #LessWasteChallenge.

Families can send in their broken toys by following four simple steps:
  • Visit www.tomsofmaine.com/lesswaste
  • Enter contact information to receive a free UPS shipping label via email that can be printed out
  • Fill an old box with up to ten pounds of broken toys
  • Attach the free shipping label to the box and drop it off at a UPS pick-up location
“Knowing what to do with broken toys is a challenge because as parents we don’t want to be wasteful and throw them away. We want to show our kids there are better solutions,”  Susan Dewhirst, goodness programs manager at Tom’s of Maine, to A Geek Daddy. “The act of recycling a toy together can be a way for parents to start a conversation with their kids about what we can all do to take care of the planet for generations.”

“Toys are a waste stream people don’t think about that often, but the amount of broken toys sent to landfills is significant and there hasn’t been a way to dispose of them,” added Tom Szaky, founder and CEO of TerraCycle. “Parents can now feel good knowing that broken toys can be 100% recycled or reused, which helps planet Earth.”

Did know that according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency the average American family produces nearly 125 pounds of trash every week? While you are Spring Cleaning around the house take advantage of this toy recycling drive.  Beyond toys, consider becoming more actively involved with recycling by ting in the Tom's of Maine Less Waste Challenge which asks families to reduce household waste by one pound per week through the remainder of the year.  

Visit tomsofmaine.com/lesswaste to make the pledge as well as to find suggestions for fun DIY projects that can get the whole family involved in reducing waste to make a personal contribution towards a clean and healthy environment in your community.

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