Many people don’t know that child car seats have a fixed life span of between six and 10 years. Industry data suggests that up to 100,000 seats will expire each year, creating up to 400 tonnes of waste that can easily be repurposed.
Till now most of these seats have been going to landfill, or regifted and sold despite no longer being safe to use. But Hutt City Council, in partnership with 3R Group, Upper Hutt City Council and local retailers, plan to change that.
We’ll take any brand of booster, convertible or capsule seat at a cost of $10 – your local council subsidises the rest of the cost. Currently 94% of the seats (by weight) can be recycled. Plastic, metal, harnesses – they can all have a second life. Where possible, the recycling process is handled locally and the materials are put back into Kiwi-made products.
Find out more about the SeatSmart programme.
Lower Hutt collection point
Baby on the Move Lower Hutt
48 Richmond St, Petone
T: 04 260 1020
Open Monday - Saturday 9.30am - 4pm