Kidseat Recyclers

“Going Green with that Old Car Seat.”

About Us

Melrose Kids Inc. is excited to announce Alberta’s first recycling program for used and expired car seats.

Recycle Program

We are now accepting all used and expired seats at various drop-off locations, Round-Up Clinics and Inspection Clinics around Calgary. Kidseat Recyclers is the first recycling program of its kind in Alberta focused specifically on keeping the thousands upon thousands of car seats that are thrown away every year out of the landfills. We will ensure that every part of the seat that is recyclable, including metal, plastic and any usable parts, will be properly recycled or reused.

Mandatory Recycling Levy Fee: $10 per car seat as of June 1st, 2011.

To Donate an un-expired car seat to families in need:

1. Start by turning your seat over and identifying the date of manufacturing sticker. Most seats expire between 6 to 8 years. (Check here to see how long your particular carseat is good for.) Some car seats have an expiry date stamped on the back of the car seat.

2. If your seat is at least 2 years from expiry, has not been involved in a motor vehicle accident and has all necessary parts, it can be considered for reuse. The $10 levy will still apply to seats delivered to our drop zones. If it is your intention to donate the seat, please print a waiver form here and include with the seat.

To Recycle a seat:

1. REMOVE ALL MATERIAL AND STRAPS from each seat. We cannot deal with the amount of waste this produces.

2. Click here to find a drop location nearest you.

3. A mandatory levy fee of $10 is required for each seat. This levy covers all hard costs associated with the recycling of your seat including stripping the metal, re-chipping of the plastic and transportation and administration of the program.

4. If you choose to remove ALL MATERIAL AND METAL and drop off ONLY the plastic shell, the levy will be reduced to $7.

Please note: Any seats dropped at a drop zone after hours without the collection of the levy will be discarded as we cannot shoulder the cost associated with recycling a seat that hasn’t been paid for.

Recycling Levy Fee Increase

Recycling Levy Fee: Increased June 1st, 2011

$10 per car seat ($4.20 to our recycler Friendly Earth, $3 to strip seats of all metal and material, and $2.80 to cover shipping and other hard costs associated with the recycling process).

We do ask that you remove the material lining the seats as it saves us from having to make trips to the landfill with bags of seat linings.

Thank you!

Melanie Risdon-Betcher
Executive Director

Car seat recycling levy

5/23/2011 For immediate release:

On Wednesday June 1, 2011 Kidseat Recyclers will increase our car seat recycling levy fees from $7/seat to $10/seat. We are also asking that people bring the seats in free of all straps and material.

Initially, Kidseat Recyclers had the generous help of volunteers at the Calgary Dream Centre to strip the seats, but as the number of seats coming in has drastically gone up, our volunteers were unable to handle the volume. At this time, we can no longer rely on a volunteer base and will have to resort to hiring individuals to strip each car seat of fabric, foam, webbing, and all metal.

What the levy covers:

$4.20/seat goes to Friendly Earth, our recycler. This type of plastic has a very low value and the cost to re-chip it and package it for resale on the open market is more than what it sells for. So the levy is necessary to offset those costs for the recycler.

$3.00/seat goes to employ someone to strip each seat.

$2.80/seat goes to Kidseat Recyclers to handle hard costs like transporting car seats from drop zones to Friendly Earth, web site management, marketing material, registering ou company, insurance, etc.

Outside of recycling, Kidseat Recyclers is also helping families in need. Some seats that come in are not yet expired and are in good condition. With a thorough inspection (by a trained car seat safety technician), some seats are deemed to be reusable and are distributed to families in need through NeighbourLink Calgary. The levy is still collected at the time of drop off, but a waiver form is completed and if the seat passes inspection, we notify the donor and refund their levy fee via cheque.

Our company is new as is our services, and we appreciate your understanding and support! We’re working hard to keep as many unsafe or expired car seats from polluting our land fill. As we grow, we hope to go car seat green throughout Canada.

Melrose Kids launches new carseat recycling program


 Melrose Kids Inc.

Is excited to be launching our new RECYCLING PROGRAM
Kidseat Recyclers

Kidseat Recyclers is the first recycling company in Alberta that will ensure your child’s old car seat is properly disposed of with all the plastic being re-chipped and put back into the marketplace. No more filling up our landfills!!!

Now, all we need are your seats!!
Kidseat Recyclers will be holding periodic recycling depots to collect your unwanted seats. Please check our website for dates and times of the depots, or simply contact us and we can provide you with more information.

Our program is a fantastic community service and we are happy to be offering this option for parents and families. The type of plastic that is being recycled does have a recycling levy of $10 per car seat as of June 1st, 2011.