So I'm throwing away a LOT of stuff today... Help?

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So I'm throwing away a LOT of stuff today... Help?

ToyGurl ToyGurl
So basically I decided my stash was just too large. Even with all of my toy storage, and all of my large drawers, I decided today that it's time to get down to the nitty gritty and start throwing some toys away to make room for better toys in the future. I'm getting rid of a lot. Not the really good ones, of course, but the cheaper ones that I don't use most often.

I've kept all of my glass, but there is some pieces still in storage that my hubby and I ned to go pick up. All of my glass rotators or "cranks" are in storage and a few plugs... I MIGHT give those away to my old roommate. It depends if they still work for me. It's been MONTHS since I've used those.

My QUESTION is... What is the proper way to dispose of a vibrator? I was getting together a lot of my cheap toys that I don't use, along with... eh, like 3 more expensive vibrators that broke down, or were defective, and my good friend said that it's hazardous to simply throw them in the trash. Is this true? If so, how should I go about getting rid of them?

Sorry for rambling lol.
09/27/2011
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Ansley Ansley
There are various toy recycling efforts, I believe most can be found with a google search. There's also a thread around here on the subject with a link to the program.
09/27/2011
Gunsmoke Gunsmoke
I recycle everything practical - but I've never tried to recycle toys - so I just toss them in with the rest of the trash.
09/27/2011
ToyGurl ToyGurl
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Originally posted by Gunsmoke
I recycle everything practical - but I've never tried to recycle toys - so I just toss them in with the rest of the trash.
I've always done that too! I just started this little "Green Pledge" at work and I'd love to stick to it if possible. Plus, our garbage/recycling company really gets on us if we throw something in recycling that is out of line so I wouldn't want to put my vibe in with the recycling or something weird.
09/27/2011
Ryuson Ryuson
This is the link I gave in another thread! They give you a $10 vouture to their store for every toy you recycle! It's got nothing on Eden, but if you have a lot to recycle you can get some nice things!
link

EDIT- It might be with every box, actually, but it sounds like you have several boxes worth!
09/27/2011
ToyGurl ToyGurl
Quote:
Originally posted by Ryuson
This is the link I gave in another thread! They give you a $10 vouture to their store for every toy you recycle! It's got nothing on Eden, but if you have a lot to recycle you can get some nice things!
link

EDIT- It might be with every ...
Eeeek. I don't like the idea of buying from other stores. But thank you for letting me know. At least I can send them somewhere safe. And yes... SEVERAL boxes.
09/27/2011
Ryuson Ryuson
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Originally posted by ToyGurl
Eeeek. I don't like the idea of buying from other stores. But thank you for letting me know. At least I can send them somewhere safe. And yes... SEVERAL boxes.
You can always give the $10 credit to someone else! Eden should come up with a recycling program!
09/27/2011
Ryuson Ryuson
Here's another link! This site also looks good!
link
09/27/2011
ToyGurl ToyGurl
Quote:
Originally posted by Ryuson
You can always give the $10 credit to someone else! Eden should come up with a recycling program!
I swore they had one but I looked around and apparently we dont :/ And yes that's very true. My best friend has a birthday coming up so I could give it to her. But I think shes loyal to EF too. I wonder if there's anything in my area like this. Do you think I could like crush up the vibes and seperate them into peices?
09/27/2011
Ryuson Ryuson
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Originally posted by ToyGurl
I swore they had one but I looked around and apparently we dont :/ And yes that's very true. My best friend has a birthday coming up so I could give it to her. But I think shes loyal to EF too. I wonder if there's anything in my area like ...
Hmm~ Maybe? It would be tough to figure out the right bins even then, I think! I wish that there were more options!
09/27/2011
Antipova Antipova
First, if any of the toys are sterilizable, like silicone or glass---see if anyone else wants them!

But for elastomers, rubbers, and other things that can't be sterilized... you should not throw out the batteries in the normal trash. Plastic and jelly aren't great for landfills and if you recycle them from Ryuson's links, that's preferable. But the heavy metals in batteries are decidedly bad. So if you're throwing away a rechargeable vibe, see if you can dissect it, and throw away the plastic but keep the battery to give when your county has a hazardous waste "clean sweep." That's especially important with rechargeable vibes.

With nonrechargeable vibes, it's still probably a good idea to separate the motor and go to your county dump+recycling center and see where they have you put it.
09/27/2011
Antipova Antipova
Quote:
Originally posted by Antipova
First, if any of the toys are sterilizable, like silicone or glass---see if anyone else wants them!

But for elastomers, rubbers, and other things that can't be sterilized... you should not throw out the batteries in the normal trash. ...
Addendum: clean sweep programs are for rural counties usually, I think if you live nearer to a city there's usually a municipal waste center that is open 5 days a week where you can ask questions and get things like rechargeable batteries disposed of properly. I'm just more familiar with clean sweeps.
09/27/2011
Ash1141 Ash1141
I never would have thought of recycling sex toys! Lol. I would have just thrown them out. Ya learn something new every day.
09/27/2011
ThoughtsAblaze ThoughtsAblaze
What Antipova said: regardless of how you recycle/trash your toys, just don't throw the batteries into your regular trash!
09/27/2011
ToyGurl ToyGurl
Well I know about the battery thing for sure. Our recycling/garbage company has a little section in the recycling bin where we drop our batteries in a battery bag. It's cool because we can even put cell phones in there!
So that's not a huge issue.

It's just the toys themselves. To give you an idea of the ones I'm throwing away, they are mostly plastic. I don't use much other than silicone, plasic, and glass. I don't use jelly, although there are a few going to be "recycled" simply because I forgot to throw them out in the first place.

THANKFULLY, the plastic toys that are still working well and clean up well were taken in by my best friend. So that took about 15 toys off my list. I've still got plenty to throw away that DO NOT work. So I'm on the prowl for a recycling station I could use.

I'm thinking I could have my hubby take the toys apart, and we can recycle the plastic peices. Then the metals stuff and for the few cheap rechargeables toys the batteries inside, can be given to whatever recycling place I can find.
09/27/2011
El-Jaro El-Jaro
Yeah, we've discussed a recycling program at least 4 times since I've been around the site.

I think it all boils down to the practicalities of it, how to get the toys where.

I'm also kind of a right foul git and would just drop off the toys at the recycling center really fast and let them deal with it. I get coal in my stockings at Xmas too...
09/27/2011
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by El-Jaro
Yeah, we've discussed a recycling program at least 4 times since I've been around the site.

I think it all boils down to the practicalities of it, how to get the toys where.

I'm also kind of a right foul git and would just ...
LOL I like the way you think. I would totally dump a box off at the recycling center and let them deal with it. hahaha Have it mixed in with bags of cans and cardboard.

Hey, at least it would be a good conversation for everyone at work that day, right?
09/30/2011
unfulfilled unfulfilled
The last few posts made me laugh. As someone earlier mentioned it is best to properly recycle them b/c they are bad for the environment and don't degrade very well. I'm glad your trash pick up has a place for batteries b/c that's especially important. If your recycling center is educated and up to date on the types of material that would be great.
09/30/2011
married with children married with children
I have always just thrown ours away. I would not mind recycling them if it worked.
09/30/2011
MrWishyWashy MrWishyWashy
I wish I had that problem. I only have a few toys...
09/30/2011
Shellz31 Shellz31
I'm terrible and just throw them out to become landfill.
I really must do the same thing you are cause I'm running out of room for great future toys.
And yet, I'm struggling to actually start the process.
I need someone to MAKE me through out the cheaper ones I probably won't ever use again. I'm sure I could clear a whole half a shelf....lol.
10/01/2011
Eva Schwaltz Eva Schwaltz
Good luck with clearing house. I have trouble parting with toys I hardly use much.
10/01/2011
M121212 M121212
Make a time capsule and bury it for future generations?
10/01/2011
ToyGurl ToyGurl
Quote:
Originally posted by Shellz31
I'm terrible and just throw them out to become landfill.
I really must do the same thing you are cause I'm running out of room for great future toys.
And yet, I'm struggling to actually start the process.
I need someone to ...
It's definitely hard for me. I didn't do it until I turn to the hubby and said "I need to start unpacking more boxes and put our clothes in the closet and drawers. Only problem is there's all THOSE boxes. I guess we need to sit down and throw some stuff away."

I wasn't extremely happy about it, but since I know I'm buying new toys soon I think it's definitely time. Glad I did it.
10/01/2011
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