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Free child car seat recycling in Tokoroa standard

South Waikato residents can now recycle their expired, damaged, or unwanted child car seats at the Tokoroa Transfer Station for free. This comes after the South Waikato District Council partnered with child car seat recycling programme SeatSmart. The transfer station is now the 46th SeatSmart collection site in the country. Council Marketing and Communications Manager Kerry Fabrie says the cost is funded through the Government’s Waste Levy Scheme. “We know there are people in the district who cannot afford to dispose of their car seats, and this is why we’re using some of the funding Council gets back from the Waste Levy to cover the cost,” she says. The council is now one of four in New Zealand to fully ...

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Free child car seat recycling trial for New Plymouth District standard

Free child car seat recycling is now available for the first time in Taranaki with the SeatSmart programme running a trial with New Plymouth District Council and retailer Baby On The Move Taranaki. The collection site, at Baby On The Move in Inglewood, will accept a limited number of seats free of charge, until the end of June, thanks to a subsidy from the council. “It’s great that we have been able to get all the pieces in place to make this happen,” SeatSmart Programme Manager Toni Bye says. “We’re especially delighted the council has chosen to make car seat recycling free during the trial.” Council Manager Resource Recovery Kimberley Hope says they’re pleased to support the local recycling initiative. ...

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Taupō trials free child car seat recycling collection site standard

MEDIA RELEASE: Residents in Taupō with expired or damaged child car seats can now recycle them for free. This comes as Taupō District Council trials a collection site for national child car seat recycling programme SeatSmart. Council Environmental Ranger – Programmes Shannon Hanson says the trial kicked off on 5 May and will run for around a year. “We wanted to fully subsidise the $25 recycling fee to make it as easy as possible for Taupō residents to take part in the programme. Everything we accept at our transfer stations’ recycling centres is free to drop off, so we wanted to make child car seat recycling consistent with this,” Shannon says. “To recycle your expired or damaged capsule, car seat ...

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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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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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