Whatever you do, do NOT flush your condoms down the toilet… And don’t flush your old vibrators either, for that matter.
Just as we cycle out our wardrobes with the changing seasons, treating yourself to a new pair of jeans or boots come the fall, it’s just as important to cycle out your sex toys.
Except, unlike jeans and boots, you can’t exactly drop your old toys off at a thrift store.
Table of Contents
- When is it Time to Say Goodbye to Your Old Sex Toys?
- How to Recycle Your Sex Toys
- How to Recycle Your Condoms
- How to Recycle Your Lubricants
- How to Recycle Your Batteries
When is it Time to Say Goodbye to Your Old Sex Toys?
There are a number of reasons why it might be time to part with ye old faithful dildo, cock ring, or pocket pussy. And that’s normal! You don’t need to justify the change of pace to yourself or your lover (unless you’re attempting to dispose of their old toys, too… Not a good idea unless you plan on replacing their toys, as well).
But, if you’re still on the fence, here are a few signs it’s time to break up with your blow-up:
- Your sex toy collection is in need of a glow up. Out with the old, in with the new! Innovations are always being made within the sexual wellness industry. If your anal beads look like they belong in the stone age, it’s time to throw ’em away.
- Your sex toys remind you too much of an old flame. Yeah. This one’s definitely a turn off. But hey, if the toys have outlasted the relationship, then at least one good thing came out of it, right?
- Your sex toys no longer work. This one is self explanatory. We don’t need to get into the nitty gritty of how or why this happened. 😉
- Your sex toys are stained or discolored. If there’s still staining or discoloration after rigorously cleaning them, it might be time to retire the toy.
What’s the Big Deal? Why Not Just Toss ‘Em!?
Leaving your old love gadgets to a landfill isn’t so great for the environment.
Even if you’re not as concerned about the environmental consequences, there’s a lot that could go wrong after you’ve carelessly tossed them from your pleasure chest to the bin.
First and foremost, if you just toss your old sex toys in any trash can in your house, someone else could very easily encounter them on accident. Now that’s enough to traumatize any child, sibling, or roommate, regardless of age.
Secondly, what if something goes awry while your Hefty full of hot goods sits idly on the curb? What if one of your neighbors decides to go trash picking and finds them? What if one of your toys punctures the trash bag and a slew of them spill out?
Or — worst of all — what if a squirrel tears open your trash bag in search of some nuts and finds your “King Cock Double Penetrator” instead!? The little fucker’ll be scurrying around the neighborhood with a double threat — and it’s only a matter of time before the others on your block realize it’s all your fault!
How to Recycle Your Sex Toys
Recycling your sex toy depends on the type of sex toy it is.
Lovehoney, a United Kingdom-based sexual wellness distributor, has the Rabbit Amnesty Program — but there’s a catch:
“You can send us anything that is classed as WEEE (Waste Electrical or Electronic Equipment),” Lovehoney says. “If it’s a sex toy, it must have vibrating parts – we do not accept dildos.”
Once it’s thoroughly cleaned, you can ship it to the address listed here and they’ll take care of the rest. It appears the only fee involved for recycling with Lovehoney is the postage fee, which will vary depending on the weight of the package and where you’re shipping from.
There’s also Eden Fantasys’ Project Re-Vibe, which allows you to ship in an “unlimited number of toys” for just a $5.00 recycling voucher.
Again — after thoroughly cleaning your toys — Project Re-Vibe will handle the rest for the following products:
- Anal toys, cock rings, plugs, pocket pussies, life-size pussies, etc…
- Bullets and vibrators
- Dildos (of any material — “silicone, rubber, wood, ceramic, metal, glass, etc…”)
How to Recycle Your Condoms
Technically, latex (the material condoms are made out of) is naturally biodegradable! But, there’s yet another catch:
“[Latex] is an all-natural substance made from the sap of rubber trees,” says a Go Ask Alice response. “Latex condoms are not composed of 100 percent latex, though. Another material used to make condoms, lambskin, is also biodegradable, but it does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV.”
Some condoms contain traces of plastic, which prevents them from being biodegradable, but as Alice says: “As of yet, no one has taken up the job of recycling these plastic items along with soda bottles and such, so don’t throw them in the recycling bin!”
Even if the condom is in fact 100 percent latex, there has not been any research thus far on how the coating of spermicide inside of condoms affects the latex’s ability to break down.
“Perhaps someday condom manufacturers will figure out ways to use recyclable or biodegradable packaging materials for their products. But for now, the little bit of foil or plastic you have to throw away and the thought that the condom will take a long time to decompose in a landfill seem like small prices to pay for the protection that condoms offer.”— Go Ask Alice!
How to Recycle Your Lubricants
TerraCycle offers a variety of free recycling programs for an array of products — including a program with RB Health that allows you to recycle the “tubes, bottles, caps, lids, wrappers, cans, and boxes” of sexual health products.
Yes, this includes your old lubricant containers and condom wrappers; Durex and KY Jelly boxes are even included in the program’s photograph.
Remember: you must completely rinse out and dry the containers before shipping them.
“TerraCycle points can be redeemed for a variety of charitable gifts or a payment of $0.01 per point to the non-profit organization or school of your choice,” TerraCycle says on the RB Health program page. “Shipments in this program can be any weight to earn points and 100 points per pound will be awarded.”
How to Recycle Your Batteries
Much like sex toys, recycling your batteries depends on the type of battery it is.
If it’s a non-rechargeable alkaline battery, TerraCycle has a zero waste box you can purchase to dispose of them in.
You can also find alkaline battery recycling centers through RecycleNation.
“Alkaline batteries only,” TerraCycle says. “Please ensure that you place tape over the ends of the batteries to prevent any current transfer.”
If it’s a rechargeable battery, you can drop them off at your local Best Buy.
Now that you’ve got some extra space in your pleasure chest, it’s time to fill it up with high-quality products from Chic Sex Shop! From lingerie to life-sized lovers, we’ve got you covered. Us sexperts can promise you’re in for a wild ride.