Getting Rid of Old LEGOs Just Got Easier

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The age-old question of parents everywhere—What do I do with all these freaking LEGOs?—may finally have a good answer. LEGO has teamed up with a logistics company to collect all those tiny hard plastic bricks you’ve been stepping on for years, clean them and donate them to kids in need.

LEGO and Give Back Box have launched a pilot program called “Replay” to collect used LEGOs from anywhere in the United States and donate them to Teach for America and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston to be rebuilt and replayed.

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The program should make it easier for parents to unload their bins of used LEGOs, which can be a notoriously cumbersome process. They’re hard to clean, they can’t be recycled, many charities won’t accept them, and they can be difficult to resell once you’ve lost a few pieces from a set.

The details

  • You box up your LEGOs in any old box, print a free shipping label and send them on their way.
  • You can send any size or shape of LEGO you want—Duplo, regular, it doesn’t matter. They don’t need to be full sets and you don’t have to sort them, just dump them all in a box.
  • You don’t need to clean them—Give Back Box will do that for you. But they do ask that you remove any obviously damaged bricks you see; they’ll only be passing on the high-quality pieces.
  • You can request a tax deduction receipt for your donation.

The Replay program is one more step LEGO is taking to reduce its impact on the environment. As reported in Wired, the company has a goal of using fully sustainable materials in its products by 2030, starting last year with some pieces that were made from sugarcane-based polyethylene rather than oil-based plastic.

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Replay’s pilot program will run through the spring of 2020, at which point the company will consider whether to expand it.


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