Due to liability concerns, child car seats should not be reused and should be discarded after their expiration date. After receiving many calls asking where child car seats can be recycled, RAM unveilled the REseatTM program on America Recycles Day in 2011. This new and exciting recycling program recycles all unwanted and expired child safety seats.
At the first collection event on America Recycles Day in 2011, 182 child car seats were collected for recycling. Hundreds more car seats have been collected at single day events and at year-round drop-off locations since the program began. In 2012, 973 car seats were collected for recycling, bringing the total number of carseats recycled through the program as of September 2013 to over 2250 car seats! Keep up the good work Minnesota! Our goal is to offer this recycling program statewide. Currently, we are recycling only from the Twin Cities area but plan to expand to other parts of the state in 2013.
The cost to recycle is $10 per seat. We dismantle the car seat into the 3 main components for recycling: metal, plastic and cloth straps which allows us to recycle 95% of the materials!
Year Round Drop off Locations for REseatTM include:
Carver County Environmental Center
116 Peavey Circle
Chaska, MN 55318
Call for hours of operation: (952) 361-1835 or (952) 361-1800
City of Coon Rapids Recycling Center
1831 111th Avenue NW (one block east of Hanson)
Coon Rapids, MN 55433
Phone: (763) 767-6485
Coon Rapids Recycling Center Hours: Wednesday and Saturday 9:00 a.m-3:00 p.m.
City of Elk River
16065 Orono Parkway NW
Elk River, MN 55330
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Douglas Kugler Eco-Site
Operated by the Adult Training and Habilitation Center
676 Industrial Blvd.
Watertown, MN 55388
Call for hours of operation: (952) 955-1130
2014 REseatTM collection events:
May 2, 9:00 am-5:00 pm
May 3, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
The first 1,000 carseats will be collected free of charge courtesy of AAA. Carseats collected after that will be charged a minimal fee of $10 for recycling.
AAA in Burnsville
600 W. Travelers Trail
Burnsville, MN 55337-2518
AAA in St. Louis Park
5400 Auto Club Way
St. Louis Park, MN 55416