As we know, Car seats have an expiration of 6 years, on average, from the manufacturer’s date. Once this expiration date is reached, the seat is no longer safe to use. When you throw away a car seat, a bulky mix of plastic, fabric and metal is added to the landfill.
Fortunately, 90% of the materials that make up a car seat are recyclable.
How do I recycle my old seat?
The first step is figuring out where to recycle the seat. This will depend on what services exist in your area. These are your options:
Find a car seat recycling program in your area. This is the easiest way to recycle your seat if a program is available near you. These programs accept the entire seat without the need for disassembly.
For example, in some Cities, there are recycling programs that offer drop-off locations for old car seats. To find a local program, Google the following: (city or area) car seat recycling program.
Contact your local recycling centre. Bulky car seat parts can often be sent in for recycling just like you would other household items. Call the recycling centre for details. In most cases, it is necessary to remove the car seat.
You should cut the security straps (so they cannot be reused) and remove any soft fabric or padding. Bulky pieces of plastic and metal can be collected on the curb or in nearby recycling bins. To find the contact information for your local recycling centre, Google it: recycling centre (city or area)
Mail your seat to a recycling program. This has a few advantages: they don’t have to deal with disassembling the car seat, and they will recycle every bit of the seat that they can. On the downside, you need to pay the shipping cost to ship the seat.
I recommend UPS, as it should be the cheapest method for a large, heavy seat. The BabyEarth RENEW program accepts mail from anywhere or deliveries to your location in Austin, TX.
What new seats are fully recyclable?
Currently, there is only one car seat model that is fully recyclable through the manufacturer – The Clek Foonf. Through the Clek recycling program, you can pay $ 20 to send your seat back for recycling, and you will receive a $ 20 coupon for a new Clek seat in return.
I hope that more manufacturers will follow suit and offer their recycling programs in the future. In the meantime, remember that almost all of the materials used in today’s seats can be recycled if you take a little time to find the best recycling method.