How To Dispose Of Vibrators

Adam & Eve's Slim Pink Pleaser Vibrator

In a world which is slowly realising the importance of taking care of our planet, it’s important that we all do our part. That said, it’s understandable that many people don’t feel comfortable taking their old vibrators and other sex toys to a recycling centre as these are private, intimate use items and it’s natural to want to avoid any embarrassment. It isn’t fair for our pleasure tools to contribute towards the growing mountains of landfill and the environmental problems this causes, though.

70% of all toxic waste is from electronic refuse; these items can contain mercury, lead, arsenic and other nasties. These toxic chemicals can seep into soil and water, creating hazardous conditions for wildlife and to the environment in general.

Remember: reduce, re-use, recycle. You recycle your paper, cans, plastic –why not do your best to recycle your old sex toys?

What You Can Recycle, And How

When it comes to recycling sex toys, it’s usually the vibrating type which are able to be recycled -those with an electrical motor. During my research for this article I found it very difficult to obtain any useful information on recycling non-vibrating toys such as dildos and static butt plugs. Unfortunately, a lot of static jelly dildos and butt plugs still end up in landfill for the time being.

Here’s a brief guide to what you can recycle, and how, when it comes to your adult products:

Vibrators  

These fall under WEEE (Waste Electrical & Environmental Equipment) as they have a motor, so they can be recycled as electrical equipment or sent to adult retailers who accept vibrators under their recycling schemes.

Rubber, Jelly and/or TPE Toys 

We know you’re keen to recycle old sex toys, but sadly these types still go to landfill.

Metal Toys  

These can be recycled but might not be collected with your household recycling, so your best bet is to take them to your local recycling centre yourself.

Glass Toys  

Glass sex toys are made from borosilicate glass (Pyrex) which is heat treated for strength and safety. This process sadly means they can’t go in your glass recycling as it renders them non-recyclable compared to typical glass items, so they unfortunately go to landfill.

Silicone Toys  

Silicone is recyclable, but not at every recycling centre, so you will need to research where you can take your silicone toys.

Plastic Toys & Accessories  

Most plastic can be recycled by your usual household recycling methods –as long as it’s not black plastic.

Black Plastic 

Black plastics can’t be processed by the plastic recycling equipment, so they go to landfill.

Fabrics (Lingerie/Clothing/Restraints)  

You can recycle fabric through your usual fabric recycling methods.

Condoms  

Not recyclable, and don’t flush them either! Dispose of condoms with your usual household waste.

Liquids (Lubes/Massage Oils) 

Make sure you use the liquid inside the bottle, then recycle the bottle itself in the usual way depending on whether it’s plastic or glass. Remove any labels first if you want to ensure discretion.

Disposing Of Old Or Broken Vibrators

As previously mentioned, it is incredibly un-environmentally friendly to dispose of your old or broken vibrators in with your usual household waste, where they’ll end up contributing to landfill. The motors, other electrical components and outer material can leak, damaging wildlife and contaminating water & soil. So, how do you go about disposing of your old or broken vibrators in a planet-friendly manner?

You could take any electrical items such as vibrators to a local recycling centre. Any adult products which vibrate or oscillate are considered electrical items. This means that they are treated just like other electrical waste like toasters, kettles, cameras, items which required a charger etc.

You can get plenty of information about WEEE (Waste Electrical & Environmental Equipment) recycling, as well as locate your local recycling centre and discover their specific guidelines, at recyclenow.com.

Selling Your Unwanted Sex Toys

Some may cringe at this, but it is absolutely possible to sell your unwanted sex toys. Not all sex toys are suitable for selling second-hand; it depends on the material they’re made from and if they’re still in good working order.

Solid silicone, glass and genuine stainless steel sex toys are non-porous and can be made 100% sterile by popping them through the dishwasher or boiling for 5-10 minutes. Silicone coated sex toys with electronic parts, such as vibrators, can still be cleaned thoroughly –wash as usual and use anti-bacterial wipes and a sex toy cleaner spray to finish.

Porous material sex toys (jelly, TPR/TPE, PVC) cannot be guaranteed to be 100% sterile and clean no matter how thoroughly you think you’ve cleaned them. Therefore, in my opinion it would be unwise and unethical to try and sell these sex toys second-hand. Dispose of these lower-quality sex toys and invest in some long-lasting, body-safe pleasure tools instead.

Where on earth would you sell second-hand sex toys, though? Many people have success on social media such as Twitter –and there’s a subreddit for selling used sex toys too.

Invest In Long-Lasting Sex Toys

The best way to avoid either recycling or reselling woes is to invest in some brilliant quality, spectacularly effective and long-lasting sex toys.

Buy to keep, rather than impulse buying that £10 bargain-bucket special. It will likely just fizzle out within weeks anyway, leaving you with nothing more than disappointing memories and eco-conscious guilt. Your wallet will feel the difference when you invest in better quality toys too, rather than being lured into the false economy of buying new toys every couple of months because they keep dying or falling apart.

Here are my top choices for long-lasting and orgasmically effective sex toys.

 

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