Giving old car seats a new life

We've created a whole website dedicated to car seat recycling! Check it out here: recycleyourcarseat.org

Car seats

In 2013, Zero Waste Washington and CoolMom teamed up to make children’s car seat recycling a reality in King County. The first – and biggest – hurdle was finding a recycler who would dismantle the car seats and separate the metal and plastics for market. Car seats are designed to withstand a collision, and this means that they are tough and labor intensive to take apart. The costs to process the seats can quickly outpace the value of the recovered materials.

We reached out to a number of potential businesses and Total Reclaim, a local recycler in south Seattle that focuses on electronics and fluorescent light recycling, responded. They began exploring what it would take to recycle the car seats, running tests and pilot projects to determine the feasibility of processing the seats and finding markets for the materials. Now, we are delighted to announce that Total Reclaim is accepting booster and car seats on an ongoing basis.

“I was astounded to learn the total volume of children’s car seats in the waste stream,” says Craig Lorch, co-owner of Total Reclaim. “With nearly 90,000 children born a year in Washington and 2 or 3 car seats per child as they grow up, I felt we needed to help keep some of these materials out of the landfill and offer car seat recycling as a community service.”

For more information about where and how to recycle car seats in Washington (including in Spokane and Lopez) and around the country, you can go to: recycleyourcarseat.org/where-do-i-recycle-my-seat/.

Unfortunately, there are no locations that are currently accepting car seats for recycling in Washington.

Last Updated (Monday, 14 August 2017 15:47)