recycling carseats

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recycling carseats

Our carseat from DS has expired and so we will be buying another for this LO.
Does anyone know if companies have recycling programs for old carseats or if they can go in local recycling bins. I hate to throw away the seat and bases in the trash when that plastic can be shredded up for another use.

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Check for a triangle or similar recycle symbol on the chair with a number in it. This tells you what type of plastic it is made of. Then go to your local waste management/removal company (my city has a website) and they usually list which plastic numbers/symbols they recycle.

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BabiesRUs/ToysRUs often has times when you can bring your old carseat, highchair, any large baby equipment really, and recycle it there. They give you 20% off a new one when you do that. I'm not sure if it's all the time or only certain times, but worth checking into!

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I was going to suggest waiting for the BRU trade in thing. I have a friend in CO that was able to recycle carseats locally but I don't know if it's common in every area.

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The fire departments and Child and Family Services around here do it. I think you can take it into BRU at any time, but you have to wait for the trade in event (that just ended in Sept) to get a discount.

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How often do you think BRU has those trade ins? I missed it and would love to do it!

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Usually it is once a year, but they may do one in the Spring also. This year, it was 25% off!

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I honestly don't know if the plastic is recyclable - in theory I guess it should be.

I was just going to suggest making the seat unusable before you recycle it or throw it out (if you don't take it to BRU). Cut the harness straps, cut up the fabric seat pad, bash the plastic part of the seat so it's destroyed. You can still recycle the plastic parts, but then no one is tempted to grab the seat from a recycling bin and use it for their baby, not knowing how dangerous it would be.

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Your car insurance co may take it also. (progressive does). They paint a big orange/ red X on it until it can be destroyed, so no one is tempted to try to use it.

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I was going to suggest the same thing. For sure take the straps out because if you put it out on garbage day, inevitably someone will take it to use it, not caring that it is expired.

"Panonim" wrote:

I honestly don't know if the plastic is recyclable - in theory I guess it should be.

I was just going to suggest making the seat unusable before you recycle it or throw it out (if you don't take it to BRU). Cut the harness straps, cut up the fabric seat pad, bash the plastic part of the seat so it's destroyed. You can still recycle the plastic parts, but then no one is tempted to grab the seat from a recycling bin and use it for their baby, not knowing how dangerous it would be.

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I know that Babies R Us just did a sale where you bring in any used carseat and you get 25% off of a new one. You don't even have to buy a new one to get rid of your old one.