Ride-on toys 

Remember when ride-on toys were self-propelled?

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Hi Renee,

I would like to know if there is a place that recycles old battery operated ride-on toys? We also have several old bikes that need to be repurposed or refurbished, so they can be loved by another child.


Hi Rebecca,

Remember when ride-on toys were self-propelled? My favorite was the Sit 'n Spin — and if they made them for grown-ups, I would so have one!

Now parents have closets full of old plastic toys, large and small, with motors, motherboards, control panels and wires. If your electric scooter no longer scoots or your power wheel has lost its power, it can be recycled.

RecycleForce or a similar electronics recycler near you can disassemble the toys for their various plastic pieces and electronic parts. It would be ideal if you could remove the batteries and recycle separately.

Your first stop for bikes should be Freewheelin’ Community Bikes. At Freewheelin’ kids can participate in the Earn-A-Bike program where they’ll learn how to care for bikes and how to ride safely. You can also purchase your next bike there. If your old bikes are in too much disrepair, RecycleForce will also recycle bicycles.

Piece out,


(NOTE: This letter appeared in NUVO on Sept. 30, 2105.)


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