Car Seat Recycling Trial Scheme

NOTE: This trial program ended in September 2017 but please feel free to read on about the program and the facts relating to it.

Last year, we were approached by the folks at Equilibrium – an environmental and sustainability management company – to see if we’d be interested in chatting about the feasibility of a child restraint recycling program.

Of course, we said yes.

After meetings with Equilibrium and other state environmental agencies, sustainability organisations, motor groups and other industry members, we now find ourselves with the very first Child Car Seat Recycling Trial Scheme!

Our new child car safety seat recovery trial program offers parents a free and environmentally-friendly option for disposing of their old child car restraints. By collecting and disassembling the seats on-site, the program aims to divert in excess of 900 tonnes of waste away from landfill and back into the recycling stream.

Drop off Centre in Kiama, NSW

You can take your old, out of date or damaged car seats to any of the following recycling centres, for free, until the end of this month;

  • Nudgee Resource Recovery Centre, 1402 Nudgee Rd, Nudgee Beach, Queensland.
  • Willawong Resource Recovery Centre, 360 Sherbrooke Rd, Willawong, Queensland.
  • Reedy Creek Community Waste and Recycling Centre, 61 Hutchinson Street, Burleigh Heads, Queensland.
  • Tamworth Community Recycling Centre, Forest Road,Tamworth, New South Wales.
  • Kiama Community Recycling Centre, 446 Riverside Dr, Minnamurra, New South Wales.
  • Penrith Community Recycling Centre, 42 Charles Street (access of Dunheved Circuit), St Marys, New South Wales.
  • Darebin Resource Recovery Centre, 30 Kurnai Avenue, Reservoir Victoria

Look for these signs;

Car Seat Recycling Scheme

Some of the facts around this scheme are quite staggering;

  • Currently most disposed child car safety seats find their way to landfill, when approximately 90% of the seat is of recyclable material.
  • Imagine over 200,000 child car safety seats stacked on top of each other. The seats would climb a staggering height of over 100km. That’s how many car seats make it to landfill each year.
  • Did you know that the current disposal rate of child car seats would equate to in excess of 900 tonnes to landfill?
  • The wasteful disposal of child safety seats is a cost to the government, the community and the environment.

But that’s not all…

While the reclaiming of recyclable materials is of the utmost importance to the environment, there’s a safety aspect to this scheme as well. By removing old, end-of-life and damaged car seats from the marketplace, we’re able to ensure they won’t be resold or picked up at kerbside, potentially causing harm to children should they be used.


InfaSecure is committed to supporting and promoting this scheme, and we ask you to share it with your communities, especially those in or around the trial collection sites.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Ara says

    Would be great if Maitland/Newcastle had the program running locally… especially considering the op shops don’t take 2nd hand child car seats anymore 🙁

  2. Ross McDonald says

    Hi. What is the latest with this trial? Will it become a permanent initiative? There’s another 200,000 seats coming this year…

  3. Katrina Leitch says

    Great idea but what about people outside of those areas; and what about after that drop off date. I’m hording old car seats because if my conscience of landfill.

  4. Erica Yoong says

    LOVE this idea!!! I assume it’s just running for the month to trial how it goes? Would be great if it’s successful so that this can continue.