Photo: Recycle child car seats

Car seats contain many different types of materials, so they are hard to recycle. (Credit: o5com via Flickr)

I must admit this topic initially had me stumped. I'd never heard of anyone recycling a child's car seat before. And after a few inquiries I now understand why. It's near impossible.

The City of Edmonton's "Wasteman" informed me that child seats aren't recyclable because they contain too many types of materials — plastic, metal and cloth. However, one lead uncovered a recycler in Alberta called Kidseat Recyclers that accepts expired car seats. That's the good news! If you're elsewhere in Alberta, I'd suggest getting in touch with Kidseat Recyclers to find out if they do other collections.

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Calgary residents can check out Kidseat for more information about recycling expired seats at various Round-Up Clinics or Inspection Clinics. They promise to recycle or reuse any part of the seat possible, including metal, plastic and any other usable parts. Kidseat charges a recycling fee of $7 per car sear and an additional $2 for the base. You must also remove all fabric, foam and webbing.

Also, the Recycling Council of B.C. (604-RECYCLE) suggested Pacific Mobile Depots, which sets up a depot in Vancouver, North Vancouver and Coquitlam every third Saturday of the month from 9 until noon. Best of luck to all the parents out there!

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