15 March 2021

Where to Get Rid of Old Toys UK

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From jumparoo’s to jungle gyms and Little Tikes to scooters and bikes, children’s and toddler’s toys can soon pile up and start taking up some much-needed room in your house. Clearabee’s position as the largest waste clearance company in the UK means that we know a thing or two about how to get rid of children and toddler’s toys. So let’s answer a few questions that you may have and tell you how we can help.

Follow this link if you’d rather just book your ‘Man and Van’ waste clearance and let us take care of the rest, or feel free to give Clearabee a buzz.


Where to get rid of old toys UK – FAQs

How to get rid of children’s toys with Clearabee

As mentioned above, our ‘Man and Van’ clearance service is not only our most popular, but also our most flexible and most cost-effective service. We can attend your property on the same day if you place your order before 1pm and we provide 30 minutes of reasonable labour. This means that you can pile up your children’s toys and toddler’s furniture and we’ll collect it up and clear it for you.


You can send us an image of the items that you want collecting so we can supply you with an accurate quote. Alternatively, you can just pay the flat call-out fee of £59.99 and our waste operatives can provide you with a quote to remove the unwanted items.

Find out more about our on-demand clearance service with our ‘Man and Van’ FAQs and our wider House Clearance Guide.

If you’d prefer a more leisurely option, then our Skip Bag service might be the one for you. Skip Bags allow you to take your time in getting rid of your unwanted children’s toys, from bulky jungle gyms and high chairs all the way down to dolls and action figures. Clearabee customers have up to six months to fill their Skip Bag and have it collected, which means you can take a long weekend to gather up everything that you want to get rid of, and then hide it out of sight so the little ones are less likely to change their mind at the last minute.

Donating or giving away your toddler’s toys

The British Heart Foundation carried out analysis which estimates that as many as 162 million toys in the UK are unused with 28% of parents admitting to throwing out toys which were in perfect working order. There are plenty of places that you can use to give away or donate your unwanted toys and local charities are normally a good place to start, as long as you have the time and transport to get them there yourself.

Our national location pages list features charities from all over the UK which may be able to accept your old unwanted toys but do check their websites or give them a call to see if they are currently accepting the items you’re looking to get rid of. It’s also worth bearing in mind that there are likely to be COVID-related restrictions once charity shops reopen that might make it more difficult to get rid of your unwanted items.

toy cars

Nowadays, there are plenty of ways that you can give away your old unwanted toys. Websites such as Facebook, Gumtree and Freecycle are great for listing toys so they can be accepted by those that can make good use of them. If you have the time to take pictures of the toys and upload them yourself then this can be a great way to pass them on.

However, remember that whenever contacting other people on the internet, that you need to take the relevant steps to make sure that you’re safe. Be careful of who you’re handing out your personal details to and be especially careful of who you’re letting into your house. Also be prepared for the eventuality that the people might not turn up or may change their mind late in the day.

It’s for reasons such as the above that Clearabee’s ‘Man and Van’ clearance service is so popular. Our waste clearance operatives are all directly-employed and are proud to wear the Clearabee colours as well as shoe covers upon entering your property.

We can clear as many unwanted items as you want and you’re not just limited to children’s toys. We’ll provide a Waste Transfer Note once your items have reached their end destination and you’ll be made aware of the landfill diversion or recycling rate which is over 95% on average.

Plastic toys recycling UK

Although they may sound easy to recycle, plastic toys provide a challenge when it comes to reclaiming usable materials. The source of the problem is the fact that toys can be made up of an amalgamation of different types of plastics, metal and other materials. Separating these materials back into reusable forms can be difficult to impossible. This is why you should aim for your old toys to be reused. There are some new developments into the problem with toy manufacturers such as Hasbro set up take bac scheme for old toys with drop off location located across the county.

Toys recycling UK

As well as plastic toys, you may find you need to get rid of old toys that are made up of electrical components. These should not be simply thrown away as they have the potential to contain harmful substances. In some cases, valuable metals found in items such as circuit boards can be reclaimed. Wooden toys are becoming popular as they are a lot more sustainable. A wooden toy is typically easier to recycle due to only being made of a single material.

Clearabee rubbish and old toy collection

You can read more about our landfill diversion rates, carbon-neutral service and environmental credentials here or you can book your waste clearance. With Clearabee, the hardest thing about getting rid of old toys is convincing your children.

Removing rubbish. It’s what we do.

All prices featured in this article are correct at the time of going to press.


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