Kids grow up so quickly and if you're a parent you know all too well how many car seats small children can go through in their young years.
But what is the responsible, earth-savvy parent going to do with a car seat too small, expired or damaged?
The Recycling Association of Minnesota (RAM) created a solution for safely and securely recycling child car seats. A new program called REseat will securely recycle all old, expired, damaged or outgrown child safety seats. This program employs local individuals with disabilities and car seats are collected year round at several locations in Minnesota as well as at collection events.
Wayzata will host a special collection event this Sunday, Dec. 11, from 12 to 4 p.m. at Wintergreen Northern Wear's new store on Lake Street. The cost to recycle is $10 per car seat. In return, each customer will receive from Wintergreen a $10 gift card to use at their store.
"Our priority is to keep recyclable materials out of the landfills and encourage Minnesotans to recycle more," Ellen Telander, executive director of the Recycling Association of Minnesota and creator of the new program, said. "We were getting many calls asking what to do with used child safety seats, so we decided to do something about it. The REseat program will recycle the plastic, metal and belt straps right here in Minnesota."