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Child Care Seats

Do you have a damaged or expired car seat taking up space in your home or garage? Good news – it’s now possible to recycle them at Queenstown and Wānaka transfer stations. Every year approximately 100,000 car seats expire in New Zealand. But they don’t need to end up in our landfill as up to 75% of a seat’s material by weight can be recycled.

The nationwide SeatSmart programme has set up collection sites in our district. SeatSmart works with social enterprises to have the seats dismantled, and the plastic, metal and straps recycled or repurposed, helping to provide employment for people who have a disability or are disadvantaged or marginalised. Some dismantling is also done by the Department of Corrections’ work programmes for offenders.

QLDC is proud to subsidise the cost of the car seat recycling to make it more affordable for our community. Refer to Fees and Charges page for up to date costs: Transfer Stations

The seats are dismantled and up to 75% of the seat materials are recycled or repurposed.

For more information on what happens to the seats read our Scuttlebutt article on page 14 here or visit the SeatSmart website for more information:

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