I'm stumped. I have three or four bags of baby toys and other toddler toys that are in reasonably good shape. These bags have set down roots in my house because I don't know where to responsibly get rid of them. They are made of plastic and wood. They should not be in the trash and in a landfill - but I don't know how to get rid of them. What have you found that works? I've tried:
- Goodwill - doesn't take toys. Safety issues.
- Shelter Network - has enough toys - out of space to store all the donations.
- Toys for Tots - only new toys. After all, these are for holiday presents.
- Allied Waste - doesn't recycle hard plastic or wood toys. Frustrating because my husband's old company made railroad ties out of recycled toys (and other recycled plastic, fiberglass and rubber) - so someone is taking them and recycling them - just not here.
- eBay - I don't want to sell and ship them.
- The pre-school/daycare - they have enough (overflowing actually).
- Our housekeeper and her neighbors - they are full on toys too.
I want to do the responsible thing - we teach our children to both donate and recycle. I want to drop off the bags and have the toys either used or recycled. I've searched for solutions online - perhaps I just missed something obvious. I'm open to suggestion - we'll even go through the bags and do a sort.
If you have the solution in the Bay Area - please send over a comment as these bags just have to go.