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Heather Corley

Recycling Car Seats

By September 1, 2009

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Car seats have about a six year lifespan from the date of manufacture, depending on the brand and some features. When it's time to get rid of an expired car seat, though, I know many of you balk at the idea of sending a big hunk of plastic to the landfill. However, you can't usually just set a car seat out with your regular curbside recycling (though some towns have made those arrangements - it's worth a check).

Car seat recycling programs are popping up all over the country, which is great news for parents who want a greener option for car seat disposal. The majority of the plastic shell can be recycled as #5 or #7, and much of the metal in the car seat is also recyclable. You may even be able to strip the seat down and recycle the metal in your regular curbside recycling. The hard foam in the car seat is also recyclable if facilities exist in your community.

If there aren't car seat recycling programs in your area yet, you can also check to see if a recycling company will allow you to drop off your car seat directly. Some companies do allow individuals to drop things off for recycling. You may need to strip the seat of fabrics, webbing, soft foam or other materials before sending it to the recycling company. Letting your child help remove a few car seat components and sort them would be a great introduction to discussing recycling and reducing landfill waste.

September 1, 2009 at 2:37 pm
(1) Yve says:

Babies R’ Us has a trade in program for old car seats, where you get a 20% off coupon towards another car seat of your choice or other baby gear.

September 4, 2009 at 1:20 pm
(2) Lauren says:

This is a great post! Recycling should always be looked into, because sometimes we’re surprised at what can be recycled. Thanks for sharing! :)

February 10, 2010 at 3:54 pm
(3) LaVonne Ries says:

Does anyone have any suggestions or contacts in donating harness straps or fabric off of various car seats. Keepin’ Baby Safe is organizing a round up program in Calgary, AB and could sure use some tips :)

Thank you,
LaVonne Ries

June 14, 2010 at 9:50 am
(4) Melanie Betcher says:

Kidseat Recyclers is Calgary first car seat recycling program. Melrose Kids Inc. along with Keepin Baby Safe recently launched the company in response to the lack of options for recycling children’s car seats. Check out http://www.kidseatrecyclers.ca for more information and locations you will find us for easy drop off.

August 27, 2010 at 10:26 pm
(5) Jennifer says:

I know about the Babies R Us program but are they recycling them or just throwing them all away?

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