Campbelltown Big W among first in state to offer toy recycling

Harriet Soper, 9, and Jack Soper, 5, donate their kids to the TerraCycle station at Big W. Picture: Supplied
Harriet Soper, 9, and Jack Soper, 5, donate their kids to the TerraCycle station at Big W. Picture: Supplied

Lockdown presented a great opportunity to go through the cupboards and spare rooms and clean out the things we didn't really need.

For many of us, that meant bags of clothes destined for the Salvos and stacks of toys the kids had grown out of.

Now locals have a chance to recycle those pre-loved toys at Big W in Macarthur Square.

The store is one of the first three in NSW - alongside Blacktown and Waringah Mall - to launch Toys for Joy.

The initiative, in partnership with TerraCycle, kids families a chance to sustainably dispose of their children's old toys and prevent them from heading to landfill.

The toys recycled in the collection bin at Big W will be recycled to create new play equipment for communities most in need.

Big W NSW local area manager Kath Toner said she was pleased the store could offer an alternative to landfill.

"Our stores involved in the initial pilot program delivered more than 3500 kilograms to TerraCycle for recycling," she said.

"These results from the trial were incredibly encouraging and I can't wait to see what our communities achieve together as we bring Toys for Joy to more families across Australia."

TerraCycle general manager Jean Bailliard praised Big W for working to find sustainable solutions.

"The majority of toys aren't kerbside recyclable and end up in landfill because they're made up of complex materials like metal, rubber and a variety of plastics," he said.

"It's incredible to see Big W take on recycling for all brands of toys and they have now expanded their program to 41 stores [nationally] to make it even more accessible for Australians."

All manner of toys can be donated to the recycling station at the front of the store, however play dough, wooden toys, board games and oversize items like bikes, scooters and skateboards cannot be accepted.

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