What To Do With Your Old Car Seat
Maybe you’ve heard…Walmart is holding a car seat recycling event! We took a look at the two large retailer car seat programs, Target and Walmart. We break them down for you below. Either way you should recycle, donate, or sell your car seat whenever possible to keep it out of landfills. (It is not illegal to sell an old car seat unless it has been in an accident or recalled for safety).
Walmart Car Seat Recycling
This is an excellent deal! Walmart announced they are accepting used car seats for recycling, and in return, you will receive a $30 Walmart gift card. If your little one is moving up to a new “big kid” car seat, you can roll that gift card over to the purchase of a new car seat or booster. This is a special event and will run from September 16-30th to coincide with Baby Safety Awareness Month. Walmart has partnered with TerraCycle and will be accepting car seats across nearly 4000 locations all over the country. Please note that each household will be limited to two gift cards.
TerraCycle will recycle every car seat brought into Walmart, which means all of the components of the car seat will avoid a landfill. While not the first partnership between TerraCycle and Walmart, but this is the first involving car seats. The company specializes in recycling otherwise “non-recyclable” items that usually end up in a landfill. They expect to divert so much plastic from the used car seats it would be equivalent to about 35 million water bottles! Awesome news for the environment and our landfills. We hope this will be a successful campaign for both companies and become an annual event.
The best part about this partnership with TerraCycle is that you can rest assured the used car seats will be properly recycled. They are in the business of recycling difficult and bulky items. All of the work will be completed in the states by subcontractors who will dismantle the car seats and process each separate component to be recycled and kept out of a landfill.
Target Car Seat Recycling
Another great program is the Target trade-in event. Target has been accepting car seats for recycling since 2016, and to date have recycled half a million car seats! Through its trade-in recycling programs, Target has recycled over 11.9 million pounds of plastic. Their program usually runs during Baby Safety Awareness Month as well, which is September, but they also ran the event in the Spring of this year as well. You can bring your old car seat into Target customer service and receive a 20% off coupon to be used on any new car seat, baby travel system, or other select baby gear. Be aware that the coupon must be used right away. Based on past events, the coupon will expire a day after the end of the trade-in period.
Target will accept any car seat in any condition, including booster seats. This is a great option if you have your eye on another baby item you need. It can add up to some great savings for you…plus you get to do your part in helping the environment, and that feels good.