Car Seat Recycling Info

Don't dump your expired or damaged car seat...

Imagine 40,000 car seats sitting end to end, they would stretch from Auckland's Queen street to Manukau. That's how many car seats expire every year in New Zealand.

Expired or damaged car seats are a potential resource that is wasted by being thrown into landfill.

Metal and plastic from your unwanted car seat can be easily recycled in New Zealand, and made into useful new products. This saves virgin materials being imported into the country, and reduces the burden on landfill sites.

Disassembly, recycling, designing and repurposing can create jobs and provide opportunities for social enterprise across New Zealand.

Baby On The Move is very proud to be a retail supporter of SeatSmart.

SeatSmart is an industry-wide project for child car seats aiming to reduce waste to landfill, improve awareness of expiry dates, and provide a solution for consumers.

At the moment, you can drop off your car seat to 12 of our stores which are in North Shore (Albany), Auckland Central (Grey Lynn), Auckland East (Botany), Pukekohe, Hamilton, Hawkes Bay, Lower Hutt, Wellington Central, Christchurch North (Burnside)Christchurch Central (Sydenham), Nelson and Dunedin.

SeatSmart also aims to find end uses for the materials that are currently non-recyclable like the fabric covers, polystyrene, foams and buckles.

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Don't let your car seat end up in landfill. BE SEATSMART!
Recycle your car seat with Baby On The Move today and help us save their tomorrow!

Your questions answered:

What seats does SeatSmart accept?

Any brand of booster, convertible seat or capsule. Sorry no polystyrene seats, snap and go's or other car seat accessories are accepted. Please remove the upholstery.

Is there a cost to recycle the seats?

A small fee is required to collect and dismantle seats for recycling. The fee is $25 (some local councils subsidise the fee, please check with your nearest store), a similar cost to sending the seat to a landfill but with a much better outcome!

What happens to the seats?

Over 92% of a seats parts can be recycled. Plastic is processed locally for use in new products. All metal is recycled too. Webbing straps are sent to the clever people at Karkt who use them on their upcycled bags.