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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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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 ...

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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 ...

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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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