What do you do with a gently used car seat? I must admit this topic initially had me stumped.
I went digging because we have a seat that has expired and is collecting dust in our basement.
What was I going to do with it now? I’d never heard of anyone recycling a child’s car seat before. Have you?
And after a few inquiries I now understand why. It’s near impossible.
The City of Edmonton’s Waste management ” informed me that child seats aren’t recyclable because they contain too many types of materials — plastic, metal and cloth. They suggested I remove the fabric off the seat and all of the hardware and toss it in the trash Or, I could just cut the straps and leave it on the curb.
So Why do car seats have an expiry date?
According to Transport Canada
Manufacturers give an expiry or useful life date because over time:
- frequent use and exposure to sunlight can damage and weaken plastic;
- safe-use labels on the products fade or become hard to read;
- instruction manuals have likely been lost;
- food, cleaners, drinks and other materials that have been spilled or used on webbing, buckles, adjusters and other parts may prevent them from working safely;
- the history or condition of the seat or booster seat becomes hard to check (was it in a crash, was it stored in a place or in a way that caused damage to parts, etc.?);
- safety regulations and standards may have changed, so safer products may now be on the market; and
- second or subsequent owners may not get product safety recall notices if problems arise.
What can you do with a gently used car seat?
Well you have a couple of options.
You can ditch it, donate or, sell it, re-used it or recycle it.
Why shouldn’t you just toss it in the trash?
The reason is that some people will snap up a car seat left by the curb for trash pickup, even if it’s in a plastic bag with a “Do Not Use” note on it. Plus now it’s super easy to get replacement pieces straight from the manufacture so all those straps can be replaced.
I would shy away from trying to sell the seat only because I would never purchase a car seat second hand.
How would you know the history of the seat? Was it involved in an accident? Would I be able to get the vital information if the seat was ever in a recall?
We re-used our infant seat three times!
Trying to find a place to recycle your seat can be tricky.
However, one lead uncovered a recycler in Alberta called wee help foundation. They have partnered with Sweet Momma and are accepts expired car seats for a $10.00 fee and as an added bonus they throw in a $15.00 gift card towards a spa service.
All seats collected are handed into the wee help foundation where they are stripped and recycled.
That’s the good news!