Car safety seat recovery trial
Trials for a national product stewardship program for child car safety seats have commenced across Australia, in an effort to provide families with an environmentally sustainable way to dispose of their old child car restraints and divert a valuable resource from landfill.
Due to children outgrowing the seats, the ongoing update of Australian safety standards necessitating the purchase of upgraded models and general wear and tear through everyday use, it is estimated that over 200,000 child car seats are being disposed of by families every year, with the majority sent to landfill. This is despite at least 90% of materials in a safety seat being recyclable. It is hoped that the trial will lead to a more permanent recovery program for safety seats.
The trial began on July 1 and will run until September 30. Until this time families can dispose of used child car safety seats at Darebin Resource Recovery Centre, Hampton Park Resource Recovery Centre and Wyndham City Refuse Disposal Facility. During this time it’s hoped the program can divert in excess of 900 tonnes of waste away from landfill and back into the recycling stream.
The following types of child car safety seats will be acceptable for disposal at the collection sites:
• rear facing infant carriers and bases
• forward facing seats;
• booster seats;
• items that attach directly to the seat or carrier supported by the manufacturer.
The trial was developed by environment and sustainability strategy and management company Equilibrium with support from various agencies and motoring organisations across Australia. MWRRG has been involved via a project steering committee.
For more information about the drop-off of seats, please call the gatehouse at the Darebin Resource Recovery Centre on 03 9462 3455, the Hampton Park Resource Recovery Centre on (03) 9799 6277, or the Wyndham City Refuse Disposal Facility on 03 9742 0777.
Last updated: 31/08/2017