Parents purchase car seats with the purpose of protecting their child from harm. A great amount of time is spent researching the best, safest car seat on the market and once parents have chosen and bought the perfect car seat they spend hours second guessing themselves, worrying if this piece of plastic, cushion and fabric will really protect their beloved little one in the event of an accident. Each child goes through 3-4 car seats and boosters in their lifetime, depending on the type of seat that is purchased. Car seats have an expiration date – usually 7 years after the manufacture date – and parents are advised not to purchase used car seats because they can’t be too sure as to whether they are still in good working condition or not.

What happens to all these once perfect, once protective, once loved car seats? Where do they go when they have expired or been in an accident?

For a long time hard plastics, such as the kind in car seats, were not labelled with a number indicating what type of plastic they were made from. This made car seats difficult to recycle and they would end up in the landfill.
Today, thanks to dedicated recyclers in our region, car seats no longer have to find their end of life in the landfill. The car seat plastic is now able to be recycled at local recycling depots. Before dropping off a car seat please strip them of all fabric, belts, metal, and cushion. At some recycling depots the metal can be taken in and recycled but please call ahead to ask before dropping them off. Car seats are only accepted at local depots and not drop off bins.

NEAT is excited to announce the Car Seat Recycling Roundup that will take place October 15-19. Stripped car seats can be dropped off at the NEAT offices in Fort St John, Dawson Creek and Chetwynd during that week from 9am-5pm. Originally there was going to be a $15 fee for processing, but we have found a way, with the help of our local recycling depots, to wave the cost and make this opportunity free for the public. Car seats can also be dropped off at the local recycling depots during office hours throughout the year.

Recycling car seats now isn’t that a NEAT idea.