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Recycling Car Seats For FreeSubmitted: 04/20/2013
Story By Shardaa Gray


Photos By Shardaa Gray

WAUSAU - When you child out grows their car seat, you might pass it along to someone else, sell it, or throw it away.

But there's another alternative.

Safe Kids in Wausau held its second annual Car Seat Recycling Day at the Judging Pavilion in Marathon Park.

Northwoods residents were able to drop off their used car seats for proper recycling for free.

Car seats that have been recalled, broken or in a crash are good ones to drop off.

But first the seats had to be dismantled.

"They all are made very differently and very safe so that's a good thing I guess, but that's taking a while to get apart so that taking apart the different metal bars or different screws that the car seats are put together," said Safe Kids Coordinator, Michelle Armstrong.

"So it is a little bit labor intensive. We've got some great help to take all of the seats apart and make it a little bit easier to recycle the majority of the seats then."

If you've got a new car seat and you want to make sure it's installed safely,

Safe Kids also holds monthly car seat inspections.

It's on every 3rd Wednesday at Yach's Body & Custom Shop in Wausau.


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