LEGO Mindstorms robots or Venom figures are on everyone's mind at the moment, but what happens when your child grows up and loses interest and you get stuck with containers full of bricks? As Lifehacker reports, the ABS plastic used in LEGOs makes them difficult to get rid of – they are not recyclable. If you throw them away, they still sit on the landfill hundreds of years later – but it's not impossible to find a new home for them.
If you can not find friends, family or neighbors to take them off your hands, there are a few other options available. With an organization called Brick Recycler, you can donate your beloved LEGOs by sending them directly to your facility in San Jose, California. Brick Recycler then compares the donations with the recipients, including hospital patients, foster families or children living in low-income areas. To sweeten the deal, the organization says you do not have to worry about sorting or cleaning the parts. Brick Recycler accepts mismatched sets or missing parts, as well as hygiene.
Other sites such as The Giving Brick (in Kansas City, Kansas) and BrickDreams (in Folsom, California) are also accepting LEGO donations under all conditions. The latter organization is run by two teenage boys, and they donate the LEGOs to children victims of domestic violence and abuse.
If California or Kansas seem too far to ship a heavy box full of LEGOs, check out charities in your area. Some, like Goodwill or the Salvation Army, may accept brick boxes.
After all, it is always best to first take an exam and drop it before dropping a non-fully customized LEGO group that does not have the time or resources you need.
Lastly, when you give away your LEGOs to a friend Make sure you clean them first and follow the instructions on the LEGO website. After all, they tend to harbor a lot of bacteria, and you do not want the next-door kid to get sick after you've put a dirty Batman figure in your mouth.
On the bright side, there is now the hope that old LEGOs will be eliminated in future will not be as difficult or as big as an environmental problem. Last March, the company announced that it would produce some bricks made from sustainable bioplastics derived from sugar cane.