‘Scandalous’ car seat waste

The LGA has called on manufacturers to recycle the child car seats they produce and, alongside retailers, offer take-back services so parents can return them instead of throwing them away.

It comes as more than 250,000 child car seats reach their safety expiry date in the UK every year, with 90 per cent of them ending up in landfill – the equivalent of up to 2,000 tonnes of mostly recyclable material.

LGA Environment Spokesman Cllr David Renard 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 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.

“We want to work with the Government and manufacturers to achieve a viable, long-term solution to recycling them.”

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