We Recycle Car Seats

Flat Can Recycling now accepts children’s car seats for recycling!

Did you know that approximately 12 million kids’ car seats are sold each year? As you can imagine, most end up in landfills when children outgrow them. That’s a lot of plastic, metal, styrofoam, and cloth taking up space at the dump.

Flat Can Recycling is proud to announce that in collaboration with our partners Granite Peak Plastics, eWorks, Elgin Recycling, and Dart, we’re now accepting children’s car seats for recycling at our Municipal Marking Distribution (MMD) dropsite!

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Why recycle your used or worn out car seats?

Car seats can’t be indefinitely passed on to others for use, as they have an expiration date in order to ensure continued safe use. But throwing yours in the trash is never a good idea. By  recycling, donating, or trading in your old car seats, you’ll be helping to keep roughly 180 million pounds of valuable material out of landfills each year.

What happens to recycled car seats?

Thankfully, there’s a way to divert car seats from landfills, and responsibly recycle them. After you drop yours off at our drop sites, we’ll dismantle the car seat and divert the various materials to our recycling partners for processing.

Here’s what this looks like:

  • Granite Peak Plastics will process the plastic parts of the car seat
  • eWorks will recycle the textile elements
  • Elgin Recycling will process the metal
  • Dart will responsibly process the styrofoam components


Where to recycle your old car seats

There are two ways to recycle with us. Simply stop by our 17 Galligan Road drop site in Gilberts, IL, between 7 AM and 4 PM, Monday – Friday, or stop by one of our recycling events!

The fee to recycle a car seat is $20.