Many parents do not realize that their child’s safety seat has an expiration date. To demonstrate their commitment to safety, retailers across the country began a program for recycling old car seats. In a joint effort with Terracycle, you can now trade in old car seats for cash at Walmart. Although they have not officially announced the event for 2020, it will likely happen again this year since it was such a huge success. So if you have an expired car seat, or your child has simply outgrown it, here is what you need to know.
Walmart’s Car Seat Trade-In Program
Beginning in 2019, Walmart hosted its first ever event to trade in old car seats for cash. The company is working with Terracycle to keep hard-to-recycle plastic out of the landfills. The first year was so successful that they actually ended the event a week early. More than a million car seats were collected. This was the equivalent of diverting more than 200 million bottles from becoming waste.
Last year the event was held in September, which just happens to be National Baby Safety. If the Car Seat Trade Event happens again this year, it will likely be around the same time.
How to Trade Your Car Seats for Cash
The redemption program is very straight forward. When you bring in an old car seat, you will receive a $30 Walmart gift card. The first thing you need to do is find a participating Walmart in your area. The good news is that there were more than 4,000 locations involved last year, so this should not be difficult. A quick online search will help you find which local stores are accepting trade-ins. Next, take your car seat to the Customer Service Desk so it can be recycled. Then, they will issue you a $30 Walmart gift card which can be used for any in-store purchases. It is really just as simple as that!
The Rules and Stipulations
Just like any trade-in offers, there are some rules that apply. First, there is a limit of two gift cards per household. If you have more than two old car seats for cash, you may want to look into other trade-in programs. Target also runs a similar event in exchange for discounts on other baby products.
The good news is that Walmart will accept any brand. However, this does not include booster seats.
In addition to the Car Seat Recycling Event, Walmart is holding other free events in honor of the Best of Baby month. You can stop by participating locations for extra savings, health and safety tips, or to interact with the latest baby gear. The whole point is to create a fun and interactive learning environment for the entire family. Last year there were diaper challenges and stroller testing, just to name a few. This is a great opportunity for new parents and families trying to save some extra cash.