How to Recycle Legos and Use Them Responsibly

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In this document, we are sharing several useful ideas to help you make sure that you do not add to the non-recyclable waste producing by trashing them.

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Kids love Legos but what should you do with them when kids no longer want to play with the old sets they have Needless to say Legos are loved by everyone including kids and adults. For years these Legos have been bringing joy to kids. In the year of 2010 Firebox.com and Toyology.com came along to conduct a survey through which they found that Legos are one of the most popular toys ever produced. But it is unfortunate to say that Legos are made of ABS plastic which is why they d o n ’t decompose for centuries and end up in landfills. It is also quite challenging to recycle them for the same reason. However you can reuse Legos. How to Recycle Legos and Use Them Responsibly

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In this blog post we are going to share various helpful ideas to help you make sure that you do not add to the non- recyclable waste producing by trashing them. Legos Through Time Lego has been around for decades. The word “Le g o ” is a combination of two Danish words namely “l e g ” and “g o d t ” which means “pla y w e ll .” The current form of Lego was manufactured in the year 1958 but the company that produces Lego sets has been working since the 1930s. Legos are considered the most popular toy to date. Earlier on only plain Legos bricks could be bought from the marketplace that made basic structures. Today however you can buy a variety of Lego kits to build complex structures with specific theme such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Star Wars and hundreds of others. You can even find Lego video games and there is no need to recycle them when you are done playing with them Now that we know a little bit about Legos le t’s read about how we can ensure no harm comes to the environment as a result of our use of them.  Recycle Legos Lego d o e s n ’t accept its own manufactured Legos for recycling. They have made it clear that the bricks they manufacture are made of 7 plastic which falls under the category of “ot h e r” plastic making it difficult to recycle. Some of your local recycling centers may even accept it however this is still unusual or uncommon. The problem is Legos are not only made of plastic. Lego sets often have rubber metal wires magnets and even tiny batteries which makes them impossible to recycle.  Buy Used Legos It is a great idea to buy used Legos. It is easy to wash or sanitize Legos made of plastic unlike dolls and stuffed toys among other things. W h a t’s more is that used Legos look and work the same way as the new pieces function. Even if you buy used Legos sets with some pieces missing your child will likely never find out. On top of that there are also chances of finding some old Lego sets which cannot be found in stores anymore and building your own unique collection. Moreover the fact that save the environment from another set of non-recyclable plastic bricks will be reward enough. 

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 Donate Legos If you find it hard to recycle the Legos you own due to an emotional attachment then it is a good idea to give them to needy kids who cannot afford to buy their own. Fortunately BrickRecycler.com accepts Lego donations and puts them in the hands of those who will love them once again. Legos can also be used in different arts and crafts projects. A special exhibit called “T h e Art of the B ri ck” was opened by The Franklin Institute a Philadelphia science museum and education center in February. Several artists used Legos to recreate famous paintings such as van Go g h ’s “Sta rr y N ig h t” and famous pieces like the bust of Nefertiti and the Liberty Bell. A 20-foot long Tyrannosaurus Rex created with Legos can also be found at the exhibit. Ending Note Whether you choose to Recycle Legos donate them or reuse them for different purposes make sure you choose the option that leaves the smallest amount of negative impact on the environment. Happy deciding