If car seats could talk. The road trips, the car naps, the crumbs. So much of our kids’ lives are spent buckled in backwards or forwards. Each transition from infant to toddler to booster seats feels like a major milestone in your family’s life. But at some point, it’s time to say goodbye.
So where is a car seat’s afterlife?
Well, every children’s car and booster seat has an expiry or ‘useful end of life.’ In fact Transport Canada advises to permanently discard them rather than donating to a charitable organization, second hand store, or giving to friends or relatives.
That is probably why there are an estimated 250,000-plus car seats ending up in Ontario’s landfills.
So instead of leaving ours curbside for garbage pick up, we found GTA dad Graham Lewis, CEO and founder of Green Propeller, a social enterprise that recovers, recycles and repurposes materials from car seats. Launched this year, it is the only dedicated child car seat recycle in Ontario. For a fee ($15 for car seat and $5 for booster seat), he collects them, stripping the fabrics, dismantling the plastics and metals to sell, removing seat belts into new products, and shredding the really dirty material to send to horse farms as bedding. Green Propeller provides sustainable employment to those with physical, mental or social barriers.
So how to get yours to its recycled destiny?
Check www.propeller.green for the latest pop-up drop off locations across Ontario – they are often at children and baby stores. Pay the fee online and bring receipt with you when you drop them off. If you’re a big group or want to schedule a drop off at Green Propeller’s Weston Road and Jane location (located inside the Learning Enrichment Foundation at 116 Industry St. Toronto ON), contact him directly to make an appointment.
Now, that’s a good-bye I can handle.