What Can You Do to Recycle Used Sex Toys?

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As the saying goes, nothing lasts forever. Those old faithful sex toys that were once brand new and exciting will eventually begin to wear out.

Not to mention, with so many different dildos, vibrators, cock cages, and much more to choose from, you could quickly end up with more toys than you can store!

But how do you get rid of sex toys? Can you put a cock ring in a bin? Read on to find out!

Are Sex Toys Recyclable?

When it comes to sex toy recycling, it's not like recycling other goods.

You can't just go outside and drop your tail plugs in the tail plug box, blowjob machines in the blowjob machine box, and so on.

The industry has not yet found a straightforward way to deal with such type of disposal. Indeed, the materials used in the creation of sex toys do not differ much from the contents of more mundane appliances. However, vibrators can be hazardous. That is the result of internal use, so disposing of one may pose a problem.

There are ads on Craigslist and eBay that might inspire you to resell your penis plugs or prostate massager, but such business with strangers is probably inadvisable.

Instead, recycling presents itself as a viable solution. The issue here is how to know which toys (if any) your local e-waste disposal center accepts. You don't want to turn up with a bag full of anal beads and anal hooks, only to find out that they'll only take your remote controlled vibrator!

Recycling Worldwide

Some countries have already made it possible to get rid of your unwanted sex toys in a discreet, efficient manner. For instance, in Canada and the U.K., there are specific services you may ship your junk to.

Where possible, these companies will clean and take the toys apart, for example, taking the motors out of a sex machine or taking apart a sex swing to keep the metal parts. The parts will be sent on to different companies that will recycle them if possible. The materials might then go toward new sex toys.

Sadly, these services are not available worldwide as the process is expensive and fastidious. But it is important since incorrect disposal of such waste can be ultimately highly dangerous.

Which Parts of a Sex Toy Can You Recycle?

As with any device, we must examine the materials used in its production to establish whether or not recycling is an option. Luckily, there are many sex toys whose impact on the environment is relatively insignificant. The building blocks of your devices can be sustainable if you make an effort to find the right ones.

For instance, metal or glass toys are entirely recyclable, and their production is effectively non-toxic. Even if some might balk at the idea of a glass dildo, these devices are typically of high quality, and, if they are annealed, there is truly no reason to fear them. In fact, such toys usually outlast rubber ones. And glass is certainly a recyclable material.

If you are buying a battery-powered vibrator and aim to be eco-friendly, keep one thing in mind. Rechargeable batteries are the way to go. The standard kind contains corrosive and toxic chemicals that defeat the purpose of recycling. That is why it is extremely important to dispose of your toys properly. You cannot simply toss any electrical item in the bin and consider the job done. If you were to do so, there would be a considerable risk of emitting carcinogenic gases after the incineration of the toy.

Correct electrical item recycling, as well as battery recycling, is necessary.

ABS plastics and silicone, such as those used in male chastity devices, can be reused after you have finished playing with your toys, as well as many other materials. Cotton and silk are a better choice than polyester when it comes to bondage gear. So, glass and wood are eco-friendly dildo choices.

However, it is sometimes impossible to recycle all parts of a sex toy. If you send the object to one of the services specializing in second-hand toys, they might not be able to repurpose certain materials.

Which Parts of a Sex Toy Cannot Be Recycled?

Even if sustainability seems to be the way of the future, your old toys might not have caught up with the change. And many new ones still contain non-recyclable materials. For example, rubber might prove tricky, as well as sex toys which have non-silicone elastomers or jellies.

Nonetheless, you should not just throw the objects in the garbage. All materials need to be destroyed according to proper procedures that ensure safety. If you are wondering how to dispose of a sex toy, sending it to a specialized service is probably the simplest course of action. Here, the experts will examine the pleasure device and decide how to use its contents best.

Depending on the program, certain materials might not fit the standard recycling procedure. Some of those are most often leather items, stainless steel, and glass, which are all non-toxic. Once sterilized, the organization might resell or donate such sex toys.

Other Things to Be Mindful of...

Some devices feature several other non-recyclable materials, such as ceramic dildos. Once you purchase such an item, get ready to stick with it for a while.

Oils are another product that people often use in their bedrooms. If you are trying to live a sustainable lifestyle (and stay healthy), organic oils are the optimal choice.

When it comes to silicone toy recycling, the material is not biodegradable. However, it is usually easily reusable — if the appropriate service is available. Chemically, there is nothing preventing silicone toys from being recycled. Yet, it can be challenging to find a curbside program that would accept the material.

Reaching out to the British Lovehoney or Canadian Come As You Are could save you a lot of trouble. You may even get a special coupon for your next sex toy purchase. The U.S. does not have a similar program as of yet, so Americans have a limited number of options.

Can a Sex Toy Be Made out of Recyclable Material?

We make more and more products with the environment on our minds. For those who are attempting to reduce their carbon footprint, every purchase matters. That does not only include the everyday items, but also those you will use for a long time. If you are leading an eco-friendly lifestyle, you will be mindful of the sex toys in your possession. Luckily, one does not have to give up these items in favor of a healthy environment.

We have already mentioned several types of recyclable sex toys. Wooden dildos, for instance, may not be as popular as some other kinds. However, once discarded, they are a resource and not waste. Polished wood is as smooth as one would wish, even if it might not sound appealing at first. Also, sustainable cotton and other natural fabrics are a safer choice for collars and bdsm gear than most materials. Remember the rechargeable batteries and you will reduce the number of toxic chemicals that seep into the ground and water.

So, What’s the Verdict?

Ultimately, sex toys do not differ much from most appliances. When it comes to materials, there are no new, wholly unique ones that no other device uses. If you know what a sex toy contains, you can easily learn whether or not recycling is an option. As a consumer, the information should be available to you prior to any purchase. And if you get in touch with your local e-waste disposal programs, you can learn what recycling options are available.

Finally, other services like Come As You Are can do the job for you.

So, yes. There are plenty of “green” options on the sex-toy market. As the industry keeps evolving, the offer should only become increasingly diverse. If recycling organizations follow the same pace and open for business, the promising future might become a reality.