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Walmart Canada is giving old broken toys a chance at new life

Walmart in partnership with Mattel are looking for non-donatable toys recycle and keep these valuable materials out of landfills

Walmart Canada is giving families an opportunity to recycle their old toys this holiday season to help reduce the amount of plastic and other materials from ending up in landfills. 

From now until Dec. 4, Walmart at 22 Pinebush Rd. in Cambridge is accepting any non-donatable toys that have reached the end of their useful life.

The toys and their packaging will be recycled and kept out of landfills. 

“At this time of the year, toys are top of mind for Canadians,” said Marc Ruffolo, senior director of toys, Walmart Canada. “We’re proud to be offering Canadians the opportunity to recycle well-loved, non-donatable toys in collaboration with Mattel, providing our customers with a more sustainable solution.” 

Accepted toys include board games; paper, cardboard, metal, rigid plastic and wood toys; action figures; dolls; and plush toys. Toys with batteries and other electronic components will not be accepted. 

Once the toys have been collected they are cleaned and separated by material type. Then, they are processed and broken down into raw materials for toy manufacturers to create new toys.

Mattel has partnered with Walmart and TerraCycle to get more recycled materials to help reach their goal of using 100 per cent recycled, recyclable, or bio-based plastic materials in their products and packaging by 2030. 

“We are proud to collaborate with Walmart and TerraCycle to provide parents with yet another way to responsibly dispose of their Mattel products that have reached the end of their useful life,” said Pamela Gill-Alabaster, SVP global head of sustainability and social impact at Mattel. 

Donation bins are located near the customer service desk at the Pinebush Walmart. 

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