Author ArchivesSven Herselman

Partnership makes for social, environmental win-win standard

The SeatSmart Child Car Seat Recycling programme and the South Waikato Achievement Trust (SWAT) have been working together since November 2018, with SeatSmart sending many of the seats it collects to SWAT for dismantling. The result, says SeatSmart programme manager Toni Bye, is a social and environmental win-win. “It’s our ethos to maximise the environmental and social impact of the programme. So, when we realised we needed to look at new options for dismantling seats we sought out social enterprises,” she says. Previously all the seats were dismantled by offenders in Department of Corrections community work programmes. However, with the increase in volume and complexity of the seats, the decision was made to use social enterprises for much of the ...

Continue Reading

Be SeatSmart before you travel this festive season standard

The road trip is a Kiwi tradition over the holidays, so now is a good time to check the safety of the seat your most precious cargo travels in. The manager of the country’s only child car seat recycling programme, SeatSmart, is urging parents and caregivers to check their children’s seats aren’t expired or damaged before heading off for the holidays. “Many people don’t know that child car seats have expiry dates,” says SeatSmart programme manager Toni Bye. “On average a seat will have an expiry date of six to 10 years.” Plunket Regional Injury Prevention Manager Simone Budel says there are a variety of reason for an expiry date on seats. “Frequent use and exposure to sunlight can damage ...

Continue Reading

Drive to collected expired Wairarapa child car seats for free standard

Two Wairarapa councils, the region’s road safety council and SeatSmart have teamed up to increase awareness around child car seat safety ahead of the festive season. The Wairarapa Road Safety Council is holding a free two-week collection of expired child car seats from 5 – 19 December. Road safety council Child Restrain Technician Holly Hullena says seats can be dropped off at REAP House (340 Queen Street) in Masterton, the Salvation Army (High Street) in Carterton, and the Featherston Community Centre (14 Wakefield Street) in Featherston. This is the second year the road safety council is running the seat collection project, she says. The Wairarapa region has no car seat rental options, which has led to expired car seats in ...

Continue Reading

Second child car seat recycling collection site for Hamilton standard

Hamiltonians wanting to recycle their child car seats now have a second option with Go Eco Waikato Environment Centre coming on board with the SeatSmart programme. The charitable trust is now the 37th collection site nationwide for SeatSmart, a programme run by recycling experts 3R Group. It aims to tackle the issue of some 100,000 child car seats being sent to landfill each year in New Zealand, as well as raise awareness around the seats’ expiry dates. “People don’t always know that child car seats have expiry dates. The extremes of temperature in cars, stress on plastic parts, all takes a toll on seats. It’s therefore important to know when seats are due to expire and get them out of ...

Continue Reading

Free child car seat recycling in Ashburton standard

Ashburton residents can now recycle their expired, damaged or unwanted child car seats, for free, through the SeatSmart programme, with collection sites in Ashburton, Rakaia and Methven. This comes after the Ashburton District Council partnered with the national child car seat recycling programme to offer the service. Ashburton is the only district where it is free to recycle a seat, thanks to support from the council. Service Delivery Group Manager Neil McCann says the initiative supports the council’s goal of reducing waste ending up in landfill, which is a great outcome for the community. “We are proud to be partnering with the SeatSmart programme to provide this free service. A variety of common household goods are already accepted free of ...

Continue Reading

Child car seat recycling programme celebrates 3rd anniversary standard

Media release Not long-ago recycling was largely consigned to glass bottles, tin cans, paper and carboard, and some plastic, but that landscape now looks quite different. From electronics to printer toner cartridges, carpeting and waste oil, there are more ways to reduce how much you put in the bin – and an increasing awareness too. Even child car seats can be recycled, thanks to the SeatSmart programme. In April the programme, created by resource recovery specialists 3R Group, celebrated three years since it officially launched. It aims to not only prevent waste but improve road safety by raising awareness around expiry dates on child car seats. Latest research shows that up to 120,000 car seats expire in New Zealand each ...

Continue Reading

Council backing for child car seat recycling in Hamilton standard

The Hamilton City Council has given child car seat recycling a boost with a subsidy which aims to extend access to the programme in the city. The council has partnered with the SeatSmart child car seat recycling programme and will offer a subsidy of $15 a seat for up to 300 seats a year from its waste reduction fund. This means the cost to residents will be $10 per seat. The programme also aims to add at least one new collection site in the coming months. The city’s original collection site, Baby on the Move Hamilton, was one of the first in the country, having taken part in the programme’s 2-year project, trialing collection and dismantling of seats. Hamilton City ...

Continue Reading

Top of the South councils back child car seat recycling programme standard

Two councils in the Top of the South have put their support behind child car seat recycling, by offering subsidies to help make it more affordable and reduce waste. The Nelson City Council and Tasman District Council are each offering a subsidy of $15 per seat for residents in their regions wanting to recycle their damaged, expired or unwanted seats through the SeatSmart programme. The subsidy, which takes effect from February 1, will mean the cost to recycle a seat is $10, with the subsidy limited to one seat per household per year. Nelson City Council Group Manager Clare Barton says the Council has a strong focus on avoiding or reducing waste. “We’re delighted to support the SeatSmart children’s car ...

Continue Reading

Strong demand drives changes to SeatSmart programme standard

The SeatSmart programme is growing and changing, with social enterprises set to benefit from work dismantling the ever-increasing volume of child car seats being brought in for recycling around the country. SeatSmart has grown rapidly, having gone from a handful of collection sites when it started in April 2016 to 33 sites in 9 regions in just over two years. However, the increased volume, and complexity of the seats, has meant programme managers 3R Group have had to review the dismantling process. In line with 3R’s ethos of maximising the environmental and social impact of recycling programmes, the decision has been made to use social enterprises for the dismantling work. The programme has been using the Department of Corrections Community ...

Continue Reading

Child car seat recycling a sign of the times standard

Media release: Just a few years ago there weren’t many people who would think it was possible to recycle a child car seat, much less have an option to actually do so. However, since the trial and official launch of the SeatSmart child car seat recycling programme over 8,000 seats have been diverted from landfill. The programme may seem rather niche in the greater recycling landscape but it’s a sign of things to come, when the majority of items coming into the household will have a pathway for reuse, repurposing or recycling. The increase in volume through SeatSmart over the last year is also an example of the dramatic change in how the public is starting to think and act ...

Continue Reading

This is a unique website which will require a more modern browser to work!

Please upgrade today!