You might not have ever thought about what happens to old child seats. One child can outgrow two safety seats before they’re old enough to ride in a car without one.
That’s a lot of safety seats being disposed of. 200,000 every year, to be exact. And nearly all of them are sent to landfill – even though 90% of the materials are recyclable.
A new safety seat recovery trial is helping families dispose of their old child restraints sustainably and there’s a trial site here on the Gold Coast.
The new child car safety seat recovery trial program offers parents a free and environmentally-friendly option for disposing of their child car restraints. By collecting and disassembling the seats on-site, the program aims to divert in excess of 900 tonnes of waste away from landfill and back into the recycling stream.
Families can do their bit to reduce their environmental footprint by disposing of their used child car safety seats during the trial period, which runs to 30 August. A collection site has been set up at the Reedy Creek Community Waste and Recycling Centre in 61 Hutchinson Street, Burleigh Heads. Rear facing infant carriers and bases, forward facing seats, booster seats and items that attach directly to the seat supported by the manufacturer are all accepted for disposal.