Sex Toys Recycling
It's time to go green! New EU regulations mean that you shouldn't throw your old sex toys in the bin. Recycle your vibrators with Lovehoney's Rabbit Amnesty sex toy recycling scheme.
Under the EU Waste Electrical Equipment (WEEE) Regulations introduced on 1 July, householders have a Duty of Care to dispose of waste electrical equipment properly – it's no longer good enough to throw old electrical equipment, including vibrators, in the kitchen bin.
Lovehoney is committed to adopting greener business practices that will benefit both its customers and the environment. Lovehoney has joined the Distributor Takeback Scheme to meet its obligations under the WEEE regulations and has gone one step further by launching the Rabbit Amnesty sex toy recycling scheme.
As well as paying to recycling the vibrators sent back to us, for each rabbit returned through the Rabbit Amnesty Scheme, Lovehoney will also donate £1 to The World Land Trust (WLT) in support of the charity's tropical forest land purchase and protection projects.
How will the rabbit vibrators be recycled?
We will collect the vibrators and pay for them to be recycled at a Designated Collection Facility. This is in addition to Lovehoney meeting its responsibilities as a member of an approved Distributor Takeback Scheme (DTS).
Exactly what happens at the DCF is set out in the WEEE regulations - the DCFs are run by licensed companies who have to treat and recycle to the necessary environmental standards. We hope to be able to follow our first batch of vibrators through the process to find out exactly what happens.
The vibrators will be stripped of components that can be reused - these would most likely be resold. Printed circuit boards, which many vibrators feature, contain hazardous metals such as lead, chromium, cadmium and mercury. It is the DCF's responsibility to ensure that these are disposed of to the legal environmental standards. Specialist recyclers will normally recover these materials.
If any vibrators are returned in boxes, the cardboard will be sent to a specialist cardboard recycler for processing.
If you want to recycle your vibrator yourself, you can find their nearest Designated Collection Facility here.
But of course we hope you'll use Rabbit Amnesty!