After three kids, I have accumulated enough car seats to practically fill our attic. But while the seats may not fit my children's needs any longer, I hate to just put them out by the curb and throw them away.
That's why I love that Target, in partnership with Waste Management, is returning with its car seat recycling program from April 22 (Earth Day!) through May 4.
All you have to do is bring any type of car seat you are no longer using to a Target store and leave it in a drop-off box. Then find a Target team member to receive a coupon for 20 percent off any car seat purchase in store or at Target.com. (The coupon is eligible through May 11.)
So what happens to your used seat? It gets upcycled into new products. Awesomely, this program aims to keep 700,000 pounds of car seat materials out of landfills.
The car seat trade-in program was launched nationwide in 2016 after a test in 90 stores received tons of positive feedback from customers. And why wouldn't it? Car seats are expensive, and the more kids you have, and the older they get, the more seats you will cycle through. It's great to know a seat you no longer need isn't just going into a garbage pile, and that you will be saving money on the next seat you buy.
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and soon-to-be mom of 4. Find her on Facebook where she chronicles her life momming under the influence. Of yoga.