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Child car seat recycling a sign of the times standard

Media release: Just a few years ago there weren’t many people who would think it was possible to recycle a child car seat, much less have an option to actually do so. However, since the trial and official launch of the SeatSmart child car seat recycling programme over 8,000 seats have been diverted from landfill. The programme may seem rather niche in the greater recycling landscape but it’s a sign of things to come, when the majority of items coming into the household will have a pathway for reuse, repurposing or recycling. The increase in volume through SeatSmart over the last year is also an example of the dramatic change in how the public is starting to think and act ...

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Child car seat recycling comes to Dunedin standard

Dunedin has joined an ever-growing list of cities and towns where people can not only recycle things like glass, paper and plastic, but child car seats too. The Dunedin City Council and Baby On The Move Dunedin have joined the SeatSmart child car seat recycling programme. They are now providing residents with drop off points to take their expired, damaged or unwanted child car seats to for recycling, instead of sending them to landfill. At least 40,000 seats reach their expiry date each year in New Zealand, with most sent to landfill, despite around 90 per cent of a typical seat being recyclable, says SeatSmart programme manager Toni Bye. Dunedin City Council is now the fifth South Island council – ...

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Seven new SeatSmart sites for Canterbury standard

People in Canterbury have even more options for recycling child car seats as seven new sites become available in the region. SeatSmart partnered with the Waimakariri and Hurunui district councils to introduce the new drop-off sites, which sees the total number in New Zealand grow to 29 in eight regions. Four sites are also due to be available in Timaru soon. The new Canterbury sites will be located at transfer stations and resource recovery parks in Amberley, Cheviot, Hanmer Springs, Waiau, Culverden, Rangiora and Oxford. These add to the two currently in Christchurch and one in Rolleston, and make Canterbury the region with the most sites for child car seat recycling. Programme manager Toni Bye says it is great to ...

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Child car seat recycling set to benefit Upper Hutt Playcentre standard

People recycling their expired or damaged child car seats will not only help the environment but an Upper Hutt Playcentre too, with $5 set to be donated for every seat brought in for recycling. The SeatSmart child car seat recycling programme has been active in the Greater Wellington area since April last year, with the Wallaceville Playcentre as one of the seven drop off points. It is currently the only early learning centre acting as a drop off point for the programme. Seatsmart programme manager Toni Bye says they want to show their appreciation to the volunteer-run Playcentre and encourage recycling in the area by donating $5 per seat for the first 40 seats dropped off in 2018. Wallaceville Playcentre ...

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SeatSmart expands into Palmerston North standard

The SeatSmart child car seat recycling programme keeps expanding and we are really pleased to kick 2018 off with a new collection site in the North Island. The programme, which is currently operating in eight regions around New Zealand, will be available at the Ferguson Street Recycling Centre in Palmerston North from Saturday 13th January. This makes it the 21st site in New Zealand, after the Palmerston North City Council partnered with SeatSmart. Councillor Rachel Bowen, whose portfolio includes children and families, says she is delighted with the partnership. “Child car seats save lives every day, but can generate an excessive amount of waste when no smart disposal channels are made available. With SeatSmart we’re able to provide our residents an ...

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New life for Greater Wellington child car seats standard

We are really excited to see that just over seven months after launching in the Greater Wellington region SeatSmart is making a difference. The programme seems to have struck a chord with residents, with more than 300 seats collected and sent for recycling since it launched there in April. Like seats from other regions these are sent to the Department of Corrections for offenders in the community work programmes to dismantle. “It’s a terrific indoor project for our community work team when the Wellington weather prevents us from working outdoors,” says Jayne Stevens, Service Manager at Wellington Community Corrections. “Offenders are amazed at how much of a child car seat can be recycled. They’re enjoying working as a team, gaining ...

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SeatSmart celebrates 6000th seat standard

SeatSmart reached an exciting milestone in October when we collected our 6000th seat. The seat was collected from Baby on the Move Botany in Auckland. The programme was officially launched in April 2016 with the aim of tackling the large number of child car seats going to landfill each year. At least 40,000 child car restraints reach their expiry date each year in New Zealand. Most end up in landfill, despite around 90 per cent of a typical seat being recyclable. SeatSmart aims to tackle this waste issue and at the same time raise awareness of expiry dates on car seats which in turn improves safety for children on our roads. The plastic from the seats is recycled into new ...

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Child car seat recycling trifecta standard

The SeatSmart child seat programme, which set out to reduce the number of expired child car seats going to landfill, has produced a trifecta of benefits. It not only helps protect the environment and children on our roads, but also enables community work offenders to learn new skills. Expired or damaged seats that are dropped off at participating baby goods stores and council transfer stations are then dismantled by Department of Corrections community work offenders, so the components can be recycled. Acting Chief Probation Officer Graham Wainwright says the programme helps with the work and living skills component of the offenders’ sentence. “Individuals can access opportunities that help them develop skills and abilities that will hopefully set them up for ...

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