If there's one thing that Toy Story 3
taught us, it's that kids outgrow their toys no matter how obsessed they might be right now. Toys pile up, and every once in a while, it’s necessary to declutter the house
. From now through the end of October, Shanghai-based NGO Green Initiatives
is holding toy-recycling drive Rethink Plastic
to help families dispose of plastic toys responsibly.
You know plastic waste is a major problem today, but maybe you didn’t know that it’s not just waimai containers and straws
wreaking havoc on the environment – children’s toys are also a big contributor. According to a 2014 report by the United Nations Environment Programme
, 90 percent of toys for babies and toddlers are made of plastic, and 40 percent of these toys have a lifetime of only six months. Without any recycling systems in place, these plastics often end up in landfills or bodies of water.
During the Rethink Plastic drive (which has drop-off points inside Jingan Kerry Centre
) you’ll be able to drop off plastic, fabric and metal toys, including video games. Toys made from cardboard or wood, or those which are dirty or soiled, however won’t be accepted.
Photograph: courtesy Dustan Woodhouse via Unsplash
The toys collected will be sorted by material, and those usable condition will be donated. Unusable fabric toys will go towards Green Initiative's RE:FORM project aimed at reducing textile waste, and all others will be collected by plastics- and electronics-recycling company TES.
From now through Monday 24, the toy drive drop-off point is located at the Kerry Centre North Block, B1 Concierge (near the Ted Baker store), and between September 25-October 31, will be located at Kerry Centre South Block, B1 (near the mu store).