How to recycle a child’s car seat
Used car seats can be sold as long as they comply with Health Canada’s January 2012 safety regulations. If your car seat has expired, was manufactured before January 1, 2011 or does not meet current safety regulations, it cannot be sold on or given away to another user. Instead it must be recycled. Check with your local recycle depots to see if they will accept your car seat or recycle it yourself in less than half an hour.
How do you recycle a child’s car seat?
Watch our video to see a step-by-step demonstration of dissembling a children’s car seat in order to recycle.
Tools Required to Recycle a Car Seat:
- Pair of scissors
- Rubber gloves
- Dust mask or outside space in case of dust
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Design shop Urchin Bags will happily accept donations of car seat straps and will upcycle them into cool bags and accessories. Simply cut the straps nearest to the plastic base to get the longest strap possible to mail to Urchin Bags. Remove the plastic clips and metal and mail to:
PO Box 632
- Car seat cover and interior foam cannot be recycled as it includes flame retardants.
- Metal and plastic mix will not be recycled
- After you’ve deconstructed the car seat, you’ll be left with 100% metal parts and the seat’s plastic base to transport to a local recycling depot. Call ahead to make sure they take rigid plastic and metal.
Below are links to valuable resources and information.
- Transport Canada – Child Safety – be up-to-date with the rules an regulations around buying used car seats and other information
- Car Seat Clinics – helping to ensure your car seat is installed properly
- Car Seat Technician Training
Links to used car seats in your area:
Gently Used Children’s Car Seats for Sale Halifax
Gently Used Children’s Car Seats for sale Nanaimo
Gently Used Children’s Car Seats for Sale Ottawa
Gently Used Children’s Car Seats for Sale PEI
Gently Used Children’s Car Seats for Sale Regina
Gently Used Children’s Car Seats for Sale Toronto
Gently Used Children’s Car Seats for Sale Victoria
Gently Used Children’s Car Seats for Sale Vancouver