28 November 2022
Islanders will be able to exchange toys they no longer want for something new to them via an
event at St Paul’s Centre next month. The Toy Swap Shop is aimed at reducing waste and cutting
the carbon emissions associated with the production and transportation of new toys.
In the days building up to the event, toys and children’s fancy dress items can be dropped to the
designated collection points in exchange for tokens. Then, on Saturday 10 December, Islanders can
use their tokens at St Paul’s Centre to pick a new toy.
Jane Burns, Sustainability and Climate Change Engagement Manager, said: “Passing on toys keeps
existing materials in use, cuts back on the carbon emissions from producing new ones and
transporting them to the Island, and reduces waste. Most toys enjoyed in Jersey are manufactured
on the other side of the world, and consumer decisions made here in the Island make an impact on
global emissions. A survey by the British Heart Foundation revealed that, more than a quarter of UK
parents admit to discarding toys that are in perfect working order.
“It’s a bit of a toy amnesty, where those that are no longer played with are swapped for something
that will be played with. We think it’s particularly apt to run at this time of year, with Christmas
2022 expected to be especially challenging for families with the rising cost of living. It’ll keep
existing toys in circulation for longer, to be loved again by a new owner.”
Toys can be dropped at the following locations:
- Maritime House – 5, 6 and 7 December (9.30am-4pm)
- St Brelade Parish Hall – 1, 2, 5, 6 and 7 December (3.30pm-5.30pm)
- St John Parish Hall – 28, 29, 30 November, 1, 2, 5 December (9am-4pm on Mondays,
Tuesdays and Fridays, 9am-7pm on Wednesdays, and 9am-1pm on Thursdays)
A token will be issued which can then be used at the Toy Swap Shop event on Saturday 10
December (11am-2pm). A quiet half hour for children with sensory issues will run from 10.30am - 11am.