Unwanted toys

Yorwaste has partnered with a local children’s hospice to ask for donations of unwanted toys which otherwise may be thrown away to make way for new ones this Christmas.

The ‘Re-Use Santa’ campaign is aimed at supporting Martin House Hospice Care for Children and Young People and reducing the amount of toys, particularly plastic toys, which are disposed of.

Yorwaste is inviting people to drop off unwanted toys  at any of the household waste recycling centres it operates on behalf of North Yorkshire County Council and the City of York.

Yorwaste is also offering to collect toys, which must be in good condition and in full working order, from customers if there is enough volume.

The toys will then be sold at Martin House Hospice Shops across North and West Yorkshire so they can be bought by families who, because of their personal circumstances, simply cannot afford the must-have toys of 2019.

And Martin House will then use the proceeds from the sale of the toys to pay for amazing experiences for children with life-shortening conditions.

Sandy Boyle, Chief Executive of Yorwaste, said: “Every Christmas there are best-selling toys which parents worry if Santa Claus will be able to get for their children, but he always seems to come up with the goods.

“However, these toys very soon can sit unplayed and unloved somewhere in a box or an attic, mirroring the script of Toy Story the Movie.

“Seeing toys which were so hard to get now gathering dust makes Santa very sad, but thankfully he has come up with a plan which will not only free up space in people’s homes for Christmas 2019, but also put lots of smiles on young faces this festive season.

“He is obviously very busy at the North Pole this time of the year, so he has enlisted the help of ReUse Santa and Yorwaste to help put his plan into action.

“So, we are asking for donations of any unwanted toys and, through Martin House Hospice shops, we’ll make sure they will find a new home where they will be loved and played with again.

“And because the toys are being re-used, by donating them you will be helping the environment because we won’t need to worry about recycling or disposing of them.”

Stephanie Rimmington, Head of Retail at Martin House, said: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to Yorwaste for their support. We always need good quality used toys to sell in our shops, so this will make a big difference to us.

“By donating your unwanted toys to Yorwaste you will be helping babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions from across West, North and East Yorkshire to receive the care and support we offer to them and their families.”

More information on Martin House Hospice, including the location of its stores, can be found here.

The list of household waste recycling centres where toys can be dropped off can be found at:

North Yorkshire

City of York:

Hazel Court


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