BIG W Toys for Joy

Recycle any brand of pre-loved toys through this program.

Give your old toys a second life

Children either grow out of their old toys or love them to death, and with few options to recycle them, they often end up in landfill. TerraCycle and BIG W have partnered to create Toys for Joy, a free recycling program for all brands of pre-loved toys. If they are not fit for re-homing, you can now drop them off at selected BIG W stores across Australia to be recycled.

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Electronic toys must have their batteries removed before recycling. Please read the accepted waste below carefully before dropping your old toys off in-store.

This map is constantly being updated

How it works

BIG W has established a partnership with TerraCycle to recycle any pre-loved toys that are returned to participating BIG W stores.

What you can recycle in this program


  • All brands of plastic toys
  • All brands of metal toys
  • All brands of electronic toys with batteries removed
  • All brands of plush toys

Not Accepted:

  • Books
  • Board games
  • Wooden toys
  • Play doh, paint and slime
  • Pens, pencils, crayons or paint brushes
  • Oversized toys such as bikes, scooters, skateboards or sports toys such as soccer goals

What happens to the waste

Once collected the materials of the toys will be separated. Plastics are size-reduced (made smaller by being shredded or ground), then melted and reformatted into pellets, flakes, or a powder format. Metals and aluminium are shredded and smelted into metal sheeting, ingots, or bar stock. Natural fibers are converted into a material called “shoddy” that is used for insulation and product stuffing.

Click here for more information on the recycling process. 

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