UPDATE: Walmart announced it would end its car seat trade-in and recycling program early, on Sept. 21, due to overwhelming response.
Have an old car seat sitting around collecting dust? The Champaign Target and all Champaign-Urbana area Walmarts will offer car seat trade-in and recycling events in September.
This is a much needed service, especially in the Champaign-Urbana area, where there is no consistent option to recycle car seats.
As part of JPMA’s National Baby Safety Month, Walmart will offer a car seat trade-in and recycling event, with collections happening from Sept. 16-30. All Champaign-Urbana area Walmarts – Urbana, Savoy, Champaign, and Rantoul – will be participating, according to the Walmart website.
Her’s what you need to know about the Walmart Car Seat Recycling Trade In Program:
- Customers can trade in used car seats at the Service desk in any participating Walmart store and receive a $30 Walmart gift card* that can be used in store or online to buy items for their baby.
- All car seats collected in this program will be recycled through TerraCycle, and each component will be diverted from the landfill.
- Booster seats are not eligible for trade-in.
- Limit of 2 gift cards per household.
If you don’t want to wait for the Walmart event, Target will bring back its popular car seat trade-in and recycling program to all stores September 3-13, 2019, including Champaign.
Here’s what you need to know about Target Car Seat Recycling Trade-In Program:
- Bring any unwanted car seats to the Champaign Target store and receive a coupon for 20 percent off a new car seat, booster seat, car seat base, travel system or stroller from its stores or full online assortment.
- When you get to the store, bring your used car seat to the drop-off box located near Guest Services, and the team member there will give you the coupon. Guests can get one coupon per seat dropped off, and the coupon is eligible through Sept. 14.
- The old car seats will go to Waste Management. According to Target, Waste Management will recycle the parts to create things like grocery carts, plastic buckets and construction materials.
- Target will accept and recycle all types of car seats, including infant seats, convertible seats, car seat bases, harness or booster car seats and car seats that are expired or damaged.
- Miss this event? Target typically does an April trade-in event, around the time of Earth Day.
Target introduced its first car seat trade-in program in April 2016. Since the program launched, more than 500,000 car seats have been recycled. To date, through trade-in programs, Target has recycled more than 11.9 million pounds of materials, and counting.
For more information regarding where to recycle – just about anything – in Champaign-Urbana, please visit our Champaign-Urbana recycling guide.