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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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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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Extreme heat reduces integrity of child car seats standard

While not everyone in NZ deals with the same temperature extremes as Canada (except maybe central Otago!) this is a good reminder to dispose of your child car seat when it expires – “Extreme heat reduces integrity of child car seats”. If you’re unsure how to find the expiry date on your child car seats you can read our guide or talk to a trusted car seat technician. Watch this video from the Weather Network in Canada:

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Problems turn into solutions standard

3R’s project manager Michelle Duncan answers a few questions about our latest programme, SeatSmart. How did it all start? The project started when I had an expired car seat and was told the only disposal option was dumping it in landfill.  For me, landfill should be the last resort, not the only option.  So, I took the issue to my colleagues at 3R and we decided that we could change the outcome. Thanks to the project, the outcome will now be that 92% of the car seat materials brought in can be recycled. When did it launch? The SeatSmart programme launched on 1 April with a pilot in Auckland, Hamilton, Hastings and Nelson. It follows the 18-month initial project which looked ...

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SeatSmart in Revolve magazine standard

The SeatSmart project featured in the December edition of Revolve, the magazine of WasteMINZ, the largest representative body of the waste and resource recovery sector in New Zealand. Waste is an opportunity Sometimes waste issues seem like the proverbial elephant, too big to eat in one mouthful. So we wait, hoping for legislation, landfill bans or consumer action to force widespread change. In a few isolated cases this might happen; mostly it doesn’t. Alternatively the waste elephant can be viewed as a whole heap of bite-sized pieces, with each waste type representing an opportunity to improve outcomes. This is the approach that 3R took when investigating a product stewardship solution for children’s car seats, now called SeatSmart… Read the article.

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New industry project looks at child car restraint disposal standard

In 2014 an estimated 40,000 child car restraints will expire, with landfill being the main disposal option for owners. An industry-wide project has been set up to look at the problem, with the aim of reducing waste to landfill, and improving road safety for children through proper disposal of expired child restraints. Funding has come from Auckland Council, The Baby Factory, Baby on the Move, The Warehouse, and project leaders 3R Group. Plunket, the NZ Transport Agency, a plastic processor, and other importers are also involved. 3R Group initiated the project as part of their work designing ways for businesses to help their customers responsibly dispose of used products and packaging, a concept known as product stewardship. Industry research conducted ...

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