Since the launch of Bolton Council’s toy recycling scheme last February, generous residents have provided a mountain of play things to pass on to less fortunate young people.
Some 2038 kilograms of toys have been donated in the first five months since the scheme started; meaning that thousands of teddies, dolls, and puzzles are now in the hands of children from the UK and abroad.
Bolton’s efforts came in for special praise from BCR Global Textiles, who have been working in partnership with the council on the project. The company described the huge level of toys donated as “extremely good”.
About 10 per cent of collected toys will stay in the UK, being either distributed through charitable donations to various organisations, or used as parts for repairs.
As well as providing toys to less fortunate children in the UK, the scheme has two other great benefits – to the environment and to young people in developing countries who have no toys of their own.
With this in mind, a further 10 per cent of the collected toys are donated to charitable causes in Africa, in particular to schools.
The remainder of the toys are sent to Eastern Europe or Pakistan, where they are then used or recycled.
Executive Member for Cleaner, Greener, Safer, Councillor Sufrana Bashir-Ismail, said: “I am really impressed by the generosity of the town’s residents, and hope that anyone who still has unwanted toys around the house will follow their lead.
“All the toys go to people at home and overseas who really need them, and it is really pleasing to see the people of Bolton doing their bit to recycle and help others at the same time.”
“After seeing the success of this scheme, the council will be introducing more innovative recycling opportunities, so watch this space for news ways to recycle later this summer!”
The toy bank works in conjunction with charity shops, and those who already donate their unwanted toys to good causes should continue to do so.