Keizer Toy Swap recycles joy

This year Keizer and Marion County families can find a way to have presents under the tree while saving money and reducing environmental impact.

The City of Keizer, Marion County and Marion County Master Recyclers are hosting the first annual Toy Swap, where families can trade in lightly used toys and games.

As children outgrow their toys, the swap gives families a way to recycle their old toys and get back a new-to-them toy for their child. 

Through Dec. 2, families can drop off clean, gently used toys at one of three locations.

Then, on Sunday, Dec. 4, families can come to Keizer City Hall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to choose from the assortment of lightly used toys, games and gadgets.

Items that will not be accepted include dirty, broken, ripped, chipped, ragged, chewed or marked items; baby gear including car seats, strollers, cribs and play yards; anything with missing pieces; items with possible cutting, choking or lead hazards; clothing; oversized items may be accepted at their discretion.

Drop-off locations run through Dec. 2 at three sites. 

Keizer City Hall, located at 930 Chemawa Rd., is open from Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with two collection bins located in the lobby near the police department.

Marion County Public Works, at 5155 Silverton Rd. NE in Salem, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty St. SE, Tuesday-Thursday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 – 5 p.m.