Target's new program makes recycling car seats easy, offers discount in exchange

Posted at 4:12 AM, Apr 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-17 09:04:07-04

Most parent knows it's hard to keep up with a growing baby.

Patrick Reyes and Crystal Yeater say their son, Patrick Jr., is growing so fast that his brand new car seat is already too small.

"We have two car seats. We have a newer one and older one," said Reyes. "He's just growing so quickly out of it, that's all it is. (He's) 8-months-old, and we've already bought a medium size car seat."

The couple is now shopping for a third seat but can't figure out how to get rid of the others.

"We've been putting them online to sell, them, nobody wants them," Yeater said. "We were going to put them on the side of the curb and hope someone takes them."

If you want to recycle a car seat in Florida there are limited options. One way is to physically take the car seat apart by getting rid of the cloth, separating the metals from the plastics and then donating those individually.

It's one reason Target is teaming up with a TerraCycle, a recycling company. The partnership hopes to keep 700,000 pounds of car seat materials out of landfills.

You simply drop the old car seat off at Target and an employee will get you a coupon for 20 percent off a larger car seat if you need one.

The program goes from April 17 to April 30. Click here to see if a Target store near you is participating.