Manufacturers of child car seats have been told to recycle older units more and have less going to landfill by the Local Government Association (LGA).
The organisation that represents local councils in the UK says that more than 250,000 child seats reach their safety expiry date each year as the plastic used becoming too brittle and also weaker.
The LGA added that the seats are “too hard” to take apart and recycle, while units can’t be accepted at re-use shops if they’ve been damaged as it compromises safety.
Seats have a lifespan between six and 10 years, and the LGA says that of the 2.1 million units made every year, 90 per cent end up in landfill – equating to more than 2,000 tonnes of recyclable material being wasted.
With those stats in hand, the LGA has called on child seat makers to recycle their older seats and provide a ‘take-back’ service that would help people return their older seats and stop them being thrown away.
Councillor David Renard, environment spokesperson for the LGA, said: “Councils are reducing waste sent to landfill and want to increase recycling rates, but child car seats are too hard to recycle and can’t be accepted by re-use shops at local authority waste sites for safety reasons.
“Having to treat child car seats as waste is scandalous and is extremely frustrating for councils and parents who want to dispose of these seats responsibly.
“To help reduce the impact on the environment and help parents do the right thing, manufacturers need to set up their own recycling schemes for child car seats.
“Retailers and manufacturers should also follow the lead of other countries in helping parents avoid waste by offering take-back services, where old car seats are recycled into new products as part of a circular economy.”
February 7, 2020