I recently wrote a blog post about the lack of recycling opportunities for people wanting to recycle their expired car seats. You can read my post about expired car seats HERE.
I contacted my local recycling center about this issue and was told that although they did not take car seats, I could resell or donate my used car seat. When I informed them about the age of my car seat they were unaware that car seats even had an expiration date.
The person I spoke with was extremely nice and offered to look into the possibility of car seat recycling programs at nearby recycling centers. After about two weeks I received a follow up email from my recycling center contact informing me that she had no luck finding anything in Illinois or nearby States. She did however find a program for car seat recycling in Texas!
BabyEarth's RENEW recycling program will disassemble used baby equipment and distribute recyclable parts and pieces to recycling centers. You can mail in your car seat, Strollers, Swings, Jumpers, High Chairs, and Diaper Bags for recycling.
To participate in this program, mail your item to:
RENEW Recycling Program
106 E Old Settlers Blvd. Ste D-100
Round Rock, Texas 78664
I applaud this program! I think it is a great idea and I wish there was something like this in Illinois. Unfortunately, I don’t live in Texas and I cannot begin to imagine the cost of shipping my used car seat across the country. I do not think that I will be participating in this program myself, but it is good to know that is available.
A great alternative for people wanting to recycle their old and expired baby gear is the Babies R Us program, The Great Trade-In. This program is not an ongoing program. It runs for a limited amount of time and is usually highly publicized.
The Great Trade-In runs from August 26th through September 18th 2011. You get 25% off any new car seat, stroller, travel system, high chair, play yard, bassinet, walker, infant swing, bouncer, entertainer, crib and/or kid’s bed when you bring in a used one. Purchased items do not have to be a replacement for the used item you are bringing in, they can be from different categories. There is no limit to how many items you can bring in for trade-in.
Some stipulations to be aware of:
· The 25% discount is valid ONLY on the day of trade-in.
· You must present the 25% off coupon in order to receive 25% off. The coupon is provided in store on day of trade-in.
· There is only ONE coupon per trade in
According to their flier, Offers are valid at both Babies R Us and Toy’s R Us. So if you do not have a Babies R Us near you, I would call your local Toy’s R Us and see if they are participating in this event.
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Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. The opinions expressed in this post are solely mine.