Car Seat Recycling

We regret to inform you that after four very successful years, we are ending the car seat recycling program here at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.  Since the program’s inception, the Walton Hills Police Department has generously allowed us to store and disassemble car seats for recycling in one of their service garages.  We recently learned that the police department will no longer have access to this building, which leaves the car seat recycling program without a home and makes it impossible for us to continue.  Therefore, we are asking all of our car seat recycling drop off locations to cease accepting recycled seats by June 30th.

We will schedule one additional round of pick ups for seats you have collected in early July.  Please contact Carli Markiewitz at 216-983-1147 or Carli.Markiewitz@UHhospitals.org if you have seats that need to be picked up.  This will allow us time to dismantle the seats and transport them out to the recycling facility in time to clear out the garage by July 21.  This will be a large undertaking so if you have any volunteer groups interested in coming out to Walton Hills to help take apart seats, or you would like to volunteer yourself, please let Carli know.

After this last round of pick ups in July we will no longer be picking up or accepting recycled seats.  We would like to extend our sincere thanks to Walton Hills for all of their support over the last four years.  Our “car seat mountain” consumed their garage and we could not have continued the program without their patience, understanding and physical space.  As we end the program, please consider all the ways in which you have marketed car seat recycling in your community and begin the process of removing information from websites, newsletters, social media, etc. and we will do the same.

Unfortunately, we do not have a good place to refer parents who are interested in other recycling options, as to our knowledge, we were still the only car seat recycling program in the state of Ohio.  One suggestion you can give people is to keep an eye out for retailers such as Babies R Us and Target that offer car seat turn in days for discounts on future purchases.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.  Thanks to all of our collection sites that helped us to recycle thousands of pounds of car seats over the last four years.  We are very lucky to have such a dedicated and active Safe Kids/Safe Communities Coalition.