Recycling

Illustration of a LEGO cardboard box with circular arrows

Much of our packaging is made from paper and cardboard, which are globally more likely to be recycled than other materials. However, some of our packaging still contains single-use plastic, which we don’t consider as sustainable and therefore are aiming to eliminate from all our packaging by the end of 2025.

When developing new and more sustainable packaging solutions, they will undergo extensive testing including tests by external and independent laboratories to confirm their recyclability. Only after passing the tests for recyclability, will we include these new solutions in our packaging.

We encourage recycling and provide consumers with guidance on how to responsibly dispose of their LEGO® packaging. The rules for how to recycle vary between countries, regions and municipalities, so we encourage people to check with their local authorities on how to correctly dispose of our recyclable packaging.

Packshot of two LEGO City products

LEGO® boxes

Our LEGO boxes are made of cardboard (corrugated fiberboard PAP20 or non-corrugated fiberboard PAP21) from sustainably sourced materials certified by the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®C117818).

LEGO boxes can be recycled where infrastructure and access to paper and cardboard recycling exist.

On-pack icons and recycling codes for corrugated fiberboard, non-corrugated fiberboard, and paper

Multiple identification codes

In some cases, a LEGO® box might feature material identification codes for corrugated fiberboard (PAP 20), non-corrugated fiberboard (PAP 21), and paper (PAP22). In these cases, the LEGO box is made of corrugated fiberboard but there will be one or more smaller boxes made from non-corrugated fiberboard and/or paper-based bags inside. This is indicated with triangular symbols with chasing arrows.
Packshot of paper-based bags in brown and white color and different sizes

Bags in LEGO boxes

We are in the process of switching from single-use plastic to paper-based bags. While our boxes currently still feature bags made from polypropylene (PP) or low-density polyethylene (LDPE), we will be gradually replacing them with bags made from >95% paper with a thin plastic coating on the inside, which enables sealing of the bags and ensures that they are fit-for purpose to hold LEGO® and LEGO DUPLO® bricks.

Our new paper-based bags are made with paper from Forest Stewardship Council® certified forests and FSC controlled wood and have been certified as recyclable in the European Union, United States and Canada.

Although recyclable through paper recycling systems in many places, we encourage people to check with their local authorities for information on how to correctly dispose of our paper-based bags.

Packshot of LEGO Classic Green Baseplate in paper-based packaging

LEGO baseplate packaging

We are in the process of phasing out the single-use plastic packaging our LEGO baseplates used to be wrapped in over the coming months and have started to introduce new packaging that is made from paper with a thin plastic coating on the inside, which enables sealing of the packaging and helps protect the product.

Our new paper-based baseplate packaging is made with paper from Forest Stewardship Council® certified forests and FSC controlled wood and has been certified as recyclable in the European Union, United States and Canada.

Although recyclable through paper recycling systems in many places, we encourage people to check with their local authorities for information on how to correctly dispose of our paper-based baseplate packaging.

Illustration of cardboard packaging with circular arrows

How2Recycle

LEGO® boxes in the US and Canada feature the How2Recycle® label. This promotes packaging recycling and provides US and Canadian consumers with clear guidance to responsibly recycle their LEGO packaging. We are continuing to work on including the How2Recycle label on more of our packaging for the North American market.
Recycle bin on a blue background

Electronic products and batteries

Electronic products and batteries should be sorted and disposed of separately from other types of waste, which is a requirement by EU legislation.

National or local schemes are in place for disposal and collection of electronic products. Separation of different material types is important for facilitating recycling and recovery. We therefore encourage you to contact your local municipality for advice on sorting rules.