Local stores offer new recycling options for residents
Thursday, Jun 06, 2013 11:08 am
Airdronians now have a local drop off location for unneeded and expired children’s car seats and booster seats.
Airdrie Upcycle, located at 108 400 Main St., is now accepting these items for recycling for $10. The new drop off location means parents don’t have to drive to Calgary to recycle the seats or worse, throw them away.
The collected seats will be taken to Kidseat Recyclers in Calgary.
“When it comes to recycling some people don’t understand there is a cost to it,” said Melanie Rosdin-Betcher, owner of Kidseat Recyclers.
Of the $10 fee, $4.20 goes to the plastic recycler who charges to transport and strip the seat of metal, $3 goes to maintaining the Kidseat administration, insurance and website, and the remaining $2.80 goes towards transportation costs for picking up the seats at drop locations.
“(The $10 fee) is basically funding the program,” Rosdin-Betcher added. Parents are asked to bring car and booster seats with the fabric and buckles removed to Airdrie Upcycle where Kidseat staff will pick them up.
Rebecca Reaville, owner of Grow with Us, is partnering with Airdrie Upcycle to run the program locally and is organizing a collection event June 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Airdrie Upcycle.
Participants who bring a car or booster seat that day for recycling will receive a 10 per cent off coupon for Airdrie Upcycle or Grow With Us Retail and Consignment.
The mom of three said she looked into car seat recycling programs because “it just seems wasteful (to throw away a car seat) and if there is an outlet for (recycling), why not do that instead of tossing (the car seat).”
The Transport Canada website warns parents that using children’s car and booster seats past their expiry date could put children’s safety at risk and leaves the parents at risk of breaking the law.
“Beyond this date, the car seat should be permanently discarded rather than donated to a charitable organization, second hand store, or given to friends or relatives,” it reads.
The lifespan of a car or booster seat depends on the manufacturer and can be anywhere from six to 10 years.
Before the Kidseat Recyclers program came into existence about two-and-a-half years ago, Alberta parents had no choice but to throw out seats.
“It’s a bulky item that is frequently gone through,” Reaville said, adding she would feel guilty bringing the seat to the dump.
Recycled seats are stripped of all their metal and the plastic is chipped down to small plastic pellets. The pellets are then reused for things such as plastic decking and fencing.
Rosdin-Betcher said removing the fabric and cutting off the buckles of the many seats they receive is a lot of work.
“It saves us so much time and labour,” she said of receiving the already stripped seats.
For more information on the recycling program, visit www.kidseatrecyclers.ca
For a list of manufacturers who sell car seats in Canada and their useful life period, visit www.tc.gc.ca and search “car and booster seat.”