Our child car safety seat recovery trial program at Kdisafe House at Herston (50 Bramston Tce Herston) during the Ekka weekend August 12 and 13 (9am to 5pm), offers parents a free and environmentally-friendly option for disposing old or unwanted child car restraints. By collecting and disassembling the seats on-site, the national program aims to divert in excess of 900 tonnes of waste away from landfill and back into the recycling stream.
Families can do their bit to reduce their environmental footprint by disposing of their used child car safety seats during this trial. The following types of child car safety seats will be acceptable for disposal at the collection sites:
- Rear facing infant carriers and bases.
- Forward facing seats.
- Booster seats.
A child may outgrow more than two or even three safety seats before they are old enough to sit in a car without one. While some parents may choose to re-use seats or purchase them secondhand, you should dispose of child car seats 10 years after the date of manufacture. This is to ensure outdated and potentially unsafe products are removed from the market and replaced by child restraints that meet updated safety standards. Disposing of a child car safety seat once it reaches its fixed life span or after it has been involved in a crash can give parents peace of mind that their child will be protected.
Removing worn or damaged child car safety seats from being reused not only better protects children and infants, but provides an opportunity to responsibly divert seats into an efficient resource recovery and recycling program. Currently most disposed child car safety seats find their way to landfill, when approximately 90% of the seat is of recyclable material. PLease do not leave your seats out for Council footpath collections!
The trial is being conducted by Equilibrium with Kidsafe Qld and has received funding and support from the Queensland and NSW Governments (Waste Less Recycle More Initiative), Victorian Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group as well as major car seat brands including Dorel and InfaSecure and automotive association representatives from RACV, NRMA, RAA, and RACT.
For mor einformation contact Kidsafe Qld on 3854 1829.