Walmart's Car Seat Trade-In Event Has Begun—What You Need To Know.

September is National Baby Safety Month and to honor that Walmart is joining forces with TerraCycle to launch the nation’s largest car seat recycling event. Now parents have a number of options when it comes to recycling older car seats and earning valuable gift cards as they do it.

This will be the first car seat trade-in for Walmart and it will begin on Monday, September 16 and will run until Monday, September 30. Customers will simply bring their used car seats to the Service desk at more than 4000 participating Walmart stores in exchange for a $30 gift card that can be used online or instore, a Walmart press release announced.

“Safety – especially car seat safety – is a top priority for Walmart’s Baby department, so we wanted to use our size and scale to create an event that offered unprecedented access to trade in an outgrown car seat for a gift card – perfect for using on your baby’s next car seat,” said Melody Richards, Vice President, Walmart Baby. “Sustainability is of equal importance to Walmart, so we’re happy to work with TerraCycle who will recycle every component of the car seats.”

Not only does the car seat trade-in event put money in your pocket but it also helps keep old car seats out of landfills. TerraCycle will be recycling all the old and used car seats collected during this event.

Adorable baby girl in modern car seat. Little kid traveling by car. Child safety on the road. Trip with an infant.
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“Through the Walmart Car Seat Recycling Program, traditionally non-recyclable car seats are now nationally recyclable,” said Tom Szaky, CEO and Founder, TerraCycle. “We are proud to work with this forward-thinking company to offer families from coast-to-coast a way to give their car seat, the item that has kept their little ones safe, a second-life. Through this event, we expect to divert the plastic equivalent of approximately 35 million water bottles from landfills.”

Check your local store to make sure they are participating with the trade-in event before visiting. There is a limit of two gift cards per household and booster seats are not eligible for the trade-in.

Target ran a similar promotion at the beginning of the month that they introduced in 2016 and as of last year it saw more than 4.6 million pounds of materials recycled! This as well as Walmart's new car seat trade-in event is a win/win for consumers who need to purchase a new car seat or who are done with car seats and are simply looking for a great way to recycle an old seat in exchange for a Walmart gift card. The promotion ends at the end of the month so don't delay.

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