What do you do with that old car seat? Target can help

OK, this I’m really excited about. Finally an answer to this age-old question: What do you do with that old car seat?

You should not give it to another child, because car seats actually expire, usually around six years. 

What you should do, and can do, is recycle it.

When baby has outgrown this car seat, you can recycle it. 2007 Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman

From April 17-30, you can bring your old car seats to Target stores. The car seats will be collected and sent to TerraCycle to recycle. Look for a box at the front of the store or in the baby/kids section. You can also get a coupon for 20 percent off a new car seat. This is a perfect solution when it’s time for a toddler to move out of the infant seat and into the booster seat.

Where should your child be in the car?
Don Tate II Austin American-Statesman


Turn your broken toys into park benches and picnic tables. TerraCycle

TerraCycle and Tom’s of Maine also have a program where you can box off broken kids toys and have them recycled into tables and benches for parks. 

In the Austin area, you can find the car seats at these stores:


5300 S. MoPac Blvd, Austin

10900 Lakeline Mall Drive, Austin

9500 S. Interstate 35, Austin

2300 W. Ben White Blvd., Austin

5621 N. Interstate 35, Austin

11200 RM 2222, Austin

8601 Research Blvd., Austin

3702 RM 620 S., Bee Cave

1101 C-Bar Ranch Trail Lot No. 2, Cedar Park

5188 Kyle Center Drive, Kyle

1021 w. University St. Suite B3, Georgetown

135 Creekside Way, New Braunfels

18700 Limestone Commercial Drive, Pflugerville

121 Louis Henna Blvd., Round Rock

700 Barnes Drive, San Marcos

3550 S. General Bruce Drive, Temple

Author: Nicole Villalpando

Nicole Villalpando writes about families in the Raising Austin blog and the Raising Austin column on Saturdays. She also offers a weekly and monthly family calendar at austin360.com/raisingaustin. She tweets at @raisingaustin.

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