Partnership trials free recycling of expired child car seats

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Parents with car seats they can no longer use can now recycle them for free, thanks to NPDC and Baby on the Move Taranaki.

The three-month trial will test how popular the service is, with the potential for it to be continued.

“We think this is a great way to keep expired or broken car seats out of the landfill and instead have the materials recycled,” says NPDC Manager Resource Recovery Kimberley Hope.

“If you have a car seat that can’t be used because it’s expired, just drop it off at Baby on the Move in Inglewood and NPDC will cover the cost through funding generated from the waste disposal levy.”

Before now, the only option for recycling a car seat in Taranaki was through an insurance claim after an accident.

Under this trial scheme, any brand of booster, convertible seat or capsule is accepted, but no polystyrene seats, snap and go’s or other car seat accessories.

The seats are recycled by SeatSmart and the service has so far recycled almost 30,000 car seats from throughout the country.

Each year, about 100,000 car seats expire in New Zealand.

Fast facts

  • In 2021/22, New Plymouth District sent 27,038 tonnes of waste to Bonny Glen landfill.
  • In 2022, New Plymouth District recycled 5,300 tonnes from the kerbside (plus 1.4T of food scraps), and 1,200 tonnes from transfer stations.

Leanne Vickers and Alicia Saunders from Baby on the Move in Inglewood.