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Car Seat Recycling Update

Car Seat Recycling Update

In 2017, Go Green Baby hosted the first of many car seat recycling events in partnership with ATMO. "At-mo" (short for Atmosphere) is an Ontario based not-for-profit organization whose goal is to divert car seats and booster seats from the landfill. Over the last 4 years, we have helped the Kingston and surrounding areas save at least 400 car seats and booster seats from the dump! And we know that's just the tip of the iceberg. In Ontario alone, 250,000 car seats are disposed of in landfills annually.

truck load of car seats collected at Go Green Baby in November 2018

The truck is almost full and about to head back to the GTA for disassembly, from a pick-up event in November 2018.

Why do car seat expire? 

Wear & tear, exposure to the elements (sun/temperature), technological innovations, improved safety regulations and recalls are the biggest reasons for expiry dates on car seats. 

Car seats and booster seats are "one-time" use safety devices; meaning once a seat has been involved in a collision, its use has expired. A crashed seat cannot be reused. 

Why can't I put my expired seat in my weekly recycling pick-up?

Unfortunately, there is no funding nor infrastructure for car seat recycling in municipal waste management. Seats need to be manually disassembled. This means all fabric, foam and straps need to be removed, frames disassembled, separate plastics and metals and finally send the different materials into the correct recycling streams. It's time consuming and requires lots of space; but it provides local jobs and is of great benefit to the planet. 

Do car seat manufacturers have a responsibility for the items they produce; knowing they will expire, can't be used after a collision, and that they cannot be recycled in municipal waste management?

We think so. We're proud to exclusively sell Clek car seats and booster seats because they have made the effort to build a recycling program into their business model. No other car seat manufacturer has a program like this but we would certainly love to see more manufacturers tap into their social responsibility and become leaders for change. 

 car seats collected before the event day lined up and ready to go into the truck.

Kingstonians are so keen to recycle, all of these showed up before the truck even arrived! From March 2019.

So, when is the next Car Seat Recycling Day?

ATMO is no longer doing car seat recycling events, but will be starting a new nationwide drop-off program soon! The roll out of this program has been delayed by the pandemic but we hope to hear an update soon. Details have yet to be released, so be sure to give them a follow on social media to learn more. We are proud to have worked with ATMO over the years and we look forward to supporting their goal of diverting recyclable waste from landfills in new and exciting ways.

What if I can't wait to recycle my seat any longer?

Unfortunately the only option right now is to take your car seat to a local landfill, or put it out on a garbage pick up in a garbage bag. Please cut the straps and/or write on the fabric "NOT SAFE FOR USE" to ensure that it is obvious the seat is not safe for use. 



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Ann - July 21, 2022

Any updates? I have a couple of car seats ready to be recycled.

Agnes stephenson - July 18, 2022

I live in Albert,canad. Are there any cars seat recycling organizations in Edmonton Albert. Don’t want to put them in a landfill. Appreciate your response!!

Kayla - June 11, 2022

When does it pick up used infint car seat

Julie Dalcin - June 9, 2022

I have an old car seat. I don’t want to throw it in the landfill. Where can I take It?

Anne Smith - May 27, 2022

I have an infant car seat to recycle. Where can I take it?

Lu - April 22, 2022

Same question here: is it possible to recycle car seat with you now?

Danette - April 15, 2022

Hi, I was wondering the same as the post above. I’ve been holding on to a couple of expired car seats hoping to avoid the landfill.

Melanie Burns - March 27, 2022

Hello, are there any updates since this was posted on January 2021? Thank you

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