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New life for Greater Wellington child car seats standard

We are really excited to see that just over seven months after launching in the Greater Wellington region SeatSmart is making a difference. The programme seems to have struck a chord with residents, with more than 300 seats collected and sent for recycling since it launched there in April. Like seats from other regions these are sent to the Department of Corrections for offenders in the community work programmes to dismantle. “It’s a terrific indoor project for our community work team when the Wellington weather prevents us from working outdoors,” says Jayne Stevens, Service Manager at Wellington Community Corrections. “Offenders are amazed at how much of a child car seat can be recycled. They’re enjoying working as a team, gaining ...

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Whanganui gets SeatSmart child car seat recycling standard

A new recycling service for child car restraints has launched in Whanganui with the aim of protecting children and the environment. Whanganui District Council and the Whanganui Resource Recovery Centre are partnering with SeatSmart to offer a subsidised recycling programme for expired or damaged car seats. A minimum of 40,000 child car restraints reach their expiry date each year in New Zealand.  Most end up in a landfill, despite around 90 percent of a typical seat being recyclable. “Many people aren’t aware that car seats have a limited life span of six to ten years,” says Whanganui Resource Recovery Centre manager Ramari Te Uamairangi. “There are many factors that can cause seat materials to degrade and weaken, such as exposure ...

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Upper Hutt collection site opens standard

An Upper Hutt collection site has now opened at Wallaceville Playcentre at 52 Ward Street, Trentham.  They will be accepting expired or damaged seats Monday to Thursday from 9:30am to 12pm. There is a $10 fee per seat to cover recycling costs. The Playcentre has a strong focus on the environment. Children are encouraged to become kaitiaki (caretakers) of the land and its taonga (treasures/resources) as they do composting, worm-farming, recycling, gardening and water conservation at Playcentre. “We’re delighted to be involved,” said Sasha Johnstone, co-president at the Centre. “It’s a great initiative supporting both recycling and safety – two issues which are really important to the parents here.” SeatSmart started in the Wellington region just 8 weeks ago and ...

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April launch for Wellington region standard

Media Release 30 March 2017 A unique recycling service for child car restraints launches in the Wellington region next week with the aim of protecting our environment and our kids. A minimum of 40,000 child car restraints reach their ‘use by’ date each year in New Zealand. Most end up in a landfill, despite around 90 per cent of a typical seat being recyclable. Now Wellingtonians and Hutt Valley residents will get the chance to recycle their unwanted seats. “Many people aren’t aware that children’s car seats have a limited life span of six to ten years,” says Toni Bye, SeatSmart programme manager. “For a variety of reasons the materials can degrade and weaken over time, which may affect how ...

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SeatSmart is coming to Wellington image

We are absolutely delighted to say that Wellington City Council​ have awarded SeatSmart funding to help bring car seat recycling to Wellington in 2017! So, save your expired or damaged seats from landfill, we’ll have drop off points in various locations thanks to the Council and support from Baby On The Move – Wellington North​, Baby On The Move – Wellington South​ and the Sustainability Trust​. More information to come in the New Year! Since we wrote this post in December, we’ve been fortunate enough to gain support from both the Upper Hutt City Council and Hutt City Council to extend the programme to the Hutt Valley.  We’re looking forward to opening collection sites in Wellington and now the Hutt ...

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Local funding brings SeatSmart to Christchurch standard

The SeatSmart child car seat recycling programme is opening in Christchurch thanks to support from Canterbury’s Sustainable Initiatives Fund Trust (SIFT). The programme is already operating in Auckland, Hamilton, Hastings and Nelson and aims to collect and recycle some of the 40,000 plus child car seats going to landfill each year in New Zealand. According to Michelle Duncan of 3R Group, the SeatSmart programme manager, up to 94% of a car seat’s components can be recycled, bringing significant benefits and freeing up valuable landfill space. “Seats are dismantled by Department of Corrections as part of their community work programmes, and the recovered plastic is recycled into new products used in the building industry. “Metal parts are taken to metal recyclers, ...

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