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Trial leads to free child car seats recycled in New Plymouth district standard

Recycling a child car seat is now free in the New Plymouth district following a successful trial earlier this year. The New Plymouth District Council has put a subsidy in place to fully cover the cost of recycling child car seats through the SeatSmart programme. Baby on the Move Taranaki, in Inglewood, will continue to support the initiative as the collection site. SeatSmart Programme Manager Toni Bye says the council is now the third in the country to offer free child car seat recycling to its residents. “Over the years we’ve had a lot of requests from locals for the service to open in the region and we’re delighted to now be able to offer a longer-term solution.” New Plymouth ...

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Child car seat recycling partnership with major insurer going strong standard

New Zealand’s only child car seat recycling programme, SeatSmart, is celebrating its three-year anniversary of partnership with AMI. SeatSmart Programme Manager Toni Bye says since AMI committed to recycling all the seats written off through its insurance claim process, over 1,700 have been kept out of landfill. “This is equivalent to around nine tonnes of plastic, metal and straps which can be recycled or reused – which is a great result so far. Instead of losing these resources they are going back into making new products,” Toni says. “We’re proud to support the safe and sustainable disposal of children’s car seats, and to have been the first ever insurer to partake in this recycling programme in 2020,” says Paula ter ...

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Waste free tips for parents with new babies, with Kate Fenwick standard

Kate Fenwick is a waste free warrior and motivational speaker who has worked with the community and councils for over 17 years. As a new mum she advocated for modern cloth nappies and was integral to them becoming mainstream again. She has developed and delivers parenting classes promoting waste free parenting options, and now delivers a variety of sessions on different waste related topics. The arrival of a new baby, whether you’re a new parent or seasoned pro, has a big impact on your home, your wallet, and the amount of waste you produce. Nappies, wipes, food, packaging – the list goes on, with the majority largely made to be single use. There are many changes you can make, but remember ...

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Free child car seat recycling and car seat clinics in South Wairarapa standard

The Wairarapa Road Safety Council, the SeatSmart child car seat recycling programme and South Wairarapa District Council have teamed up again ahead of the summer travel season to offer free child car seat recycling. Residents can take their expired or damaged seats to the Featherston Community Centre between 9am and 3pm, Monday to Friday until 25 November. The free offer is available to the first 50 seats, thanks to funding provided by the council. This means the seats will be dismantled and the plastic, metal and straps to be recycled or repurposed, says SeatSmart Programme Manager Toni Bye. Wairarapa Road Safety Council Projects Coordinator and Car Seat Technician Holly Hullena says they will also be holding a free child car ...

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Child car seat recycling programme hits 5,000 milestone standard

The SeatSmart child car seat recycling programme hit a record of 5,000 seats collected in a year, bringing the total to date to over 25,000 seats – some 128 tonnes of recyclable material. Programme Manager Toni Bye says she is pleased they were able to collect their highest one-year total despite the disruptions caused by covid. “We owe a big thanks to our collection sites around the country, including retailer Baby on the Move, the councils which support us and of course everyone who recycled a seat rather than sending to landfill.” SeatSmart was set up to tackle the issue of some 100,000 seats going to landfill each year, despite around 75% of a seat (by weight) being recyclable or ...

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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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