Our mission goes beyond helping families feed human milk to their babies and meeting and surpassing their goals, our mission is also to make the world a healthier place.
Car seats are essential to children's safety in vehicles. During a child's lifetime you may go through 2-3 car seats, even more if they become crashed or damaged.
What do we do with the waste? How do we cut down on the amount of car seats used and created?
Car Seat Recycling:
Our next event: Early 2024
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Does recycling cost? No, recycling is now free - Thank you to Children's Hospital Omaha for partnering with us to provide this resource for free!
Do you accept car seats early or late? No. Unfortunately we do not have the space to store car seats.
Is there a limit on how many car seats I can recycle? No, you may bring as many as you'd like!
What do you do with the car seats? We take them to a recycling center in Council Bluffs where they crush them and recycle the plastics, fabrics, and metal properly. They are not reused or donated to others.
I'd like to support the cause, how do I donate? You can donate straight to Safe Kids Douglas County. If you'd like to make a donation straight to Safe Kids Douglas County for ensuring car seat safety is accessible to everyone, please follow this link. Please note: “Designation” MUST be “Injury Prevention” to go to the car seat program
We do NOT accept car seats for recycling between our events.
We host events with Children's Hospital every 3-4 months and
Target typically has a recycling event in April.
Please do not leave them at our office as it is unsafe for the public.
To stay up to date with our recycling events, please always check our Facebook event page. If you still can't find your answer, contact us via our Facebook page, texting, or email.
When your car seat has expired, been in an accident, or been recalled without an option to repair, it should no longer be used. But don’t put it in the trash! There is still some life in that seat—recycle it! The materials can be reclaimed and made into something new. Less goes into the landfill and you’re helping to reduce greenhouse gases.
In 2016 there were about 26 thousand babies born in Omaha alone! Each child would likely use 2-3 car seats during their lives to keep them as safe as possible in the car. That's nearly 75,000 car seats JUST for the children born in Omaha in 2016! Each year we are adding on more and more car seats being used to that number!
Most car seats weigh between 10-30 pounds - made up of plastics, metal, styrofoam, silicone, fabrics, etc. If every new baby in the United States got a new car seat at birth that's 3,978,497 seats (in 2015), creating between 39-119 MILLION POUNDS of plastic, metal, fabric, etc EVERY YEAR!
What do people do with those thousands of car seats once the child grows out of it, it expires, or it is in a crash? Well, many people just throw them away! There used to be a place to recycle in Omaha, but they no longer accept car seats. Target does a trade-in event once or twice a year (awesome choice to get a coupon!), and Babies R Us is no longer around to have trade-in events either! So what option are Omaha and surrounding areas left with? Omaha was left with NO resource to recycle car seats until NOW!
UPDATE: Tracy's Collision Center/Auto Body in Lincoln, NE is NO LONGER accepting car seats for recycling.
Nurture Omaha is proud to announce their new car seat recycling program! We are proud to announce that we have teamed up with Children's Hospital & Medical Center of Omaha to recycle your car seats for FREE!
Nurture Omaha is a small business serving families in the Omaha Metro Area with expert lactation and car seat safety support. Nurture Omaha is dedicated to staying green and keeping the environment healthy by being as paperless as possible, recycling pumps and car seats, and promoting human milk feeding which is one of the greenest things you can do for the environment and the human race.
Save the event picture to keep the instructions on when and where to recycle your car seats. Find the details on our Facebook event page and make sure you click "going" to stay updated on details! If you have a question please message Nurture Omaha's Facebook page!
Did you know we have a Car Seat Safety Education Class called Nurture & Protect? If you think you or someone you know would benefit from taking our class please direct them to our website or Facebook page!