Car Seat Recycling In Australia
Car Seat Recycling: As a responsible parent, you should always make sure your child is safe.
One way you can do this is by making sure he/she is safe when travelling with you through your car. You should provide your child with a comfortable, yet sturdy car seat.
According to a FAQ page of Exchange, car seats reduce the risk of injury by 71 per cent to 82 per cent. Additionally, it also reduces the risk of death by 28 per cent, compared to if the child is only wearing a seat belt.
But what do you do if your child outgrows your car safety seat? Or maybe the car seat getting old?
Do you donate it? Do you dispose of it? Or do you recycle it?
Let us discuss this even further.
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Car Seat Recycling: All About Your Child’s Car Safety Seat
Before anything else, let us first talk about the recyclability of car seats. Are they recyclable?
Apparently, yes they are! Based on research, 90 per cent of a child car seat contains recoverable and recyclable materials. Furthermore, this includes the different parts of child car seats like rear-facing infant carriers and bases, forward-facing seats, and booster seats.
How Many Recycling Centres Accept Car Seat?
If you’re looking for a recycling centre that accepts car seats, here are some of them here in Australia:
- Darebin Resource Recovery Centre
- Hampton Park Resource Recovery Centre
- Wyndham City Refuse Disposal Facility
Now, how much car seats are disposed of every year? The answer: 200,000. Unfortunately, most of these disposed of car seats go into landfill. Only a few of them are actually recycled. But the question is “why?”
That is because they are made from a mixture of materials. Components of a car seat must include rigid plastic, metal, and fabric. Additionally, they are strongly bonded together, so recycling a car seat is hard.
Some recycling centres don’t accept them because of this. For this reason, what alternatives can we do to properly dispose of car seats?
Car Seat Recycling: Other Ways Done
In order to avoid car seats going into landfill, we must find alternatives to do if car seat recycling is not possible in your area.
Let me enumerate some alternatives to car seat recycling:
The first alternative to car seat recycling is donating. If you cannot find a recycling centre that caters to your car seat recycling needs, then why don’t you just donate it?
Maybe your relatives need it. Or maybe someone you know at work? Either way, donating it is much better than disposing of it in the waste bin, eventually going into landfill.
But first, as stated by RACV, make sure that your car seat:
- meets the Australian standard – in Australia and in New Zealand, this means that the old car seats should have a sticker containing AS/NZS 1754.
- is up to date – avoid donating a car seat older than 10 years old.
- must be in good condition – before donating, make sure to check if your old car seat is in a terrific condition.
- is well-documented – you should know the history of your car seat before donating it to others. If it was already involved in a car accident, make sure to destroy it and not put it for sale.
- has a high safety rating – check ChildCarSeats for your car seat’s safety rating.
- should be suitable for their needs – will it fit in the car of the person whom you’re donating to? Is their child comfortable with it? Is it the right size?
- has an instruction manual – make sure your car seat has an instruction manual that you can provide to the person you’re donating to.
Another alternative to car seat recycling people do is through putting it in an incineration facility.
Incinerating car seat creates energy such as electricity and fossil fuels. Additionally, it recovers any metals which can be used to create other products.
But there is a disadvantage in incineration. This includes climate change, air pollution, etc.
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Hard Rubbish Classification
Another thing to consider is the hard rubbish collection. Let us first discuss what it is and how it can help in car seat recycling.
An item is classified as hard rubbish if it cannot fit in a regular bin. Items like fridges, couches, cupboards, wardrobes, televisions, mattresses, building material, and many others.
Car Seat Recycling: Conclusion
Before thinking about anything else, you should always prioritise your child’s safety. Pick the best and up-to-standard car seat there is in Australia.
Regarding the old ones, try to contact your local council and check to see if they offer car seat recycling services. If they do, good! If not, there are other options you can opt to do, all for the efforts of avoiding it going into landfill. Additionally, you can also opt to ask questions about the hard rubbish collection to make sure that your old car seat gets recycled.
And please remember, do not use car seats that are older than 10 years. That may put your child in more danger if you use car seats like that.
Here at Waster, we highly encourage you to always check your car seat. Make sure that it is up-to-date and built perfectly in order to keep your child protected.
If it is too old to use, we recommend disposing of it in the proper waste bin in order for it to be treated and recycled.
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