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Hamilton City Council continues support for child car seat recycling standard

Child car seat recycling in Hamilton has become more affordable thanks to a Council grant. The SeatSmart child car seat recycling programme, which has been running in the city since 2015, aims to tackle the issue of some 100,000 child car seats going to landfill each year, as well as raise awareness around expiry dates on seats. The Hamilton City Council grant kicked in at the start of March, reducing the cost of recycling to $10 (RRP) per seat for up to 300 seats, making the programme more accessible to Hamiltonians. This follows a similar subsidy in 2019. Hamilton City Council Rubbish and Recycling Compliance Officer Jordyn Stuart says the funding is part of the Waste Minimisation Fund 2020. “We ...

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NZ’s biggest insurer partners with SeatSmart standard

MEDIA RELEASE: New Zealand’s largest general insurer, IAG (trading under the brands AMI, State, NZI, NAC, Lumley and Lantern) is encouraging caregivers with young children to double check the condition of their child car restraints in the lead up to the Christmas holidays. The call comes as IAG completes a review of its child car restraints claims processes. As a result, it is now giving greater protection to customers whose vehicles are stolen and unrecovered or involved in accidents. IAG Executive General Manager Claims, Dean MacGregor, says, “child car seats and capsules are critical for keeping little ones safe while travelling, yet certain types of vehicle impacts can compromise a restraint’s integrity. In some cases, there may not be any ...

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Free child car seat checks and recycling in South Wairarapa standard

MEDIA RELEASE: With the summer holidays just around the corner, parents and caregivers in South Wairarapa are being encouraged to check their child car seats. Wairarapa Road Safety Council Projects Coordinator, Holly Hullena says the Wairarapa has seen a huge increase in expired and incorrectly fitted car seats in vehicles. “It’s not uncommon for people to give used seats to family members or friends in goodwill, but eight out of the 10 seats have already expired, putting the next users at risk.” To help caregivers tackle this problem, the Wairarapa Road Safety Council, South Wairarapa District Council and SeatSmart child car seat recycling are joining forces with a seat recycling amnesty and car seat clinic in Featherston in early November. ...

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Thrifty Car Rental takes the sustainability high road standard

MEDIA RELEASE: When economic times are tough it’s often things like sustainability initiatives which get cut back, but one car rental company isn’t letting the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic stop its drive for a better future. As part of its wider move towards greater sustainability, Thrifty Car Rental has the expired or damaged child car seats from its Auckland branches recycled through the SeatSmart programme. Even with the economic impact of COVID-19 on the tourism sector, Thrifty has continued this initiative by recently taking another 21 seats in to be recycled. “Even in these challenging and unprecedented times, the importance of reducing our carbon footprint and our goal of becoming a carbon neutral company remains a key priority to ...

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Child car seat recycling now in Central Otago standard

Damaged or expired child car seats don’t need to go to the tip in Central Otago now the SeatSmart child car seat recycling programme has launched in the district. The Central Otago District Council has also come on board by offering a subsidy to encourage residents to make the most of this recycling programme and reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill. SeatSmart Programme Manager Toni Bye says child car seats contain a large amount of recyclable material, such as metal and plastic. Around 70% of seat materials by weight can be reused or recycled, she says. Plus, providing a recycling option helps keep expired or damaged seats out of circulation. “It’s a real waste to send these ...

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Child car seat recycling helps lift youth employment standard

MEDIA RELEASE: Dismantling child car seats isn’t the first thing which comes to mind when finding work experience, but a group of young men and women from LIFT Youth Employment have been taking it in their stride. Between them, the Hawke’s Bay youths spent the past five weeks – one day a week – working with Hastings-based sustainability experts 3R Group, which runs the SeatSmart child car seat recycling programme. Together, Trojan Kawana, Uriah Tamati-Smith, Marika Katane, Panaomealeli Suai, Paremaina Wiperi, and Cullen Waina have put their problem-solving skills to the test dismantling expired or damaged child car seats so the components can be recycled. 3R Group operations manager Steve Nicholls says taking a seat apart is much more challenging ...

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Bravo for The Green Collective’s ENCORE bags standard

The Green Collective, in Nelson, is one of a new breed of businesses putting sustainability at the heart of its thinking, planning and doing. We chatted to founder Emma Saunders during the COVID-19 lockdown to find out more about her work and drive for a sustainable world. Tell us about The Green Collective and the bags you make using straps from the SeatSmart programme. All our products follow the simple concept of being as sustainable as possible from start to finish.  We reuse our offcuts, trimmed threads and more. For the ENCORE bags, I went a step further and looked at others’ manufacturing waste. I often drive past skips and pull over to investigate, build a relationship with the manager and see what new product could ...

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