Nobody wants car seats in landfills and both giant retailers are fighting over which one can help environment and kids more. Some financial incentives are undoubtedly there too. After all, people come to the stores, donate car seats, receive a small reward, and then go on spending money. But let’s talk about this event from the beginning.
September is a National Baby Safety Month, so it makes sense to hold car seat events in September. Target’s trade-in event is scheduled for September 3-13. The retailer will reward you with 20% off coupon for select baby gear for the donation of your old car seat. This event is returning every year and become quite a tradition.
Walmart decided to follow in Target’s footsteps and is hosting first time ever car seat recycling event at most of its 4,000 stores September 16-30. Customers will get $30 gift card to spend for everything in-store or online, not just baby gear.
According to Walmart Baby vice president Melody Richards, the retailer is always concerned about the safety and makes it the top priority at its Baby department. This trade-in event follows along those lines and encourages people to donate their old car seats instead of selling them or throwing them away, which is harmful for the environment. The $30 incentive is great too and can be used towards a new, bigger car seat or anything else a family might need from any department.
TerraCycle, the company that will be collecting and recycling all the donated car seats, says they expect to keep enough plastic, equal to approximately 35 million plastic bottles, away from landfills, thanks to this event.
This year marks Target’s fourth such event and in these four years over 500,000 car seats were recycled, which is 11.9 million pounds of plastic.
Target’s Car Seat Event
All old car seats can be taken to Target’s Guest Service counter and placed in the drop-off box on September 3-13.
All car seats are eligible for this event, including infant cars seats, convertible seats, car seats bases, and harness or booster car seats. Waste Management will be responsible for recycling all the car seats and their parts. People who bring those seats will be able to enjoy 20% off their in-store and online orders through September 14th.
The discount can be used to buy a new car seat, car seat base, travel system, stroller or home baby gear, playards, high chairs, booster seats, swings, rockers, and bouncers. This might be a bit tricky for people who have older kids and don’t need all that gear any more. They should check out Target.com for information what else is eligible for 20% off.
Walmart’s Car Seat Event
Customers can bring any brand and any size car seat to the store between September 16th and 30th. TerraCycle will recycle all collected car seats.
The car seats will be accepted at the Customer Service counter in participating Walmart locations, about 4,000 of them in total. You can find those participating stores on Walmart.com.
As a thank you, all customers will get $30 gift card to be used towards any purchase, not only baby gear, which kind of beats Target offer, except the amount of the discount might be smaller.
- $10 OFF First Purchase
- Free NextDay Delivery
- 80% OFF Select Rollbacks
Every household can donate up to two car seats. Booster seats are not eligible for this deal.