Don’t toss it out – re-engineer it!
Stop and think before you automatically consider a broken item destine for the trash. Maybe it can be reincarnated before it leaves your home. You may be able to do some dismantling and salvage parts to reuse yourself or to recycle, donate, or sell.
For example, the wheels and handle from a broken push lawn mower can be reused in building a wagon for your little one. A broken broom handle can be used as a plant stick or hanging rod.
Get into the habit of looking at broken items differently to help divert as much as possible from the waste stream.