BIZNOTE: Need to recycle a no-longer-needed car seat?

Your neighbor Jon thought other parents of small children should know about this since, he says, “Finding someplace to recycle old child car seats is a struggle!”: Westwood Village Target is participating in the chain’s car-seat trade-in promotion for the next two weeks. You have to be a member of their loyalty program to get the reward, described as “Guests who trade in their old car seats will receive a 20% off bonus toward a new car seat, car seat base, travel system, stroller or select baby home gear.” This is happening through April 27; the dropoff box is near Guest Services in the front of the store.

P.S. If you just want to donate no-longer-needed car seat(s), White Center-based WestSide Baby accepts them – if they meet the parameters listed here.

2 Replies to "BIZNOTE: Need to recycle a no-longer-needed car seat?"

  • Jay April 15, 2024 (1:38 pm)

    Keep in mind that the car seats taken to Target will be destroyed. The mixed materials will go to a landfill and the hard plastic components will be down-cycled (turned into a lower quality material) rather than recycled (the material is reused in manufacturing the same item, like aluminum). Re-use is much better for the environment than recycling (if the car seat is in good condition of course), and you could donate as mentioned or list it on Craigslist for the $20-$30 you’d save with the Target coupon.

    • Jon Wright April 15, 2024 (6:57 pm)

      The challenge is disposing of seats that have reached end-of-life and can’t be reused. There aren’t any good options but this program is better than just sticking it in your garbage can at home. If the seat hasn’t expired, absolutely donate it.

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