Our mission goes beyond helping families breastfeed to their goals, and keeping everyone safe in vehicles - 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 are crashed or damaged.
What do we do with the waste? How do we cut down on the amount of car seats used and created?
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?
There is Tracy's Auto Body Shop in Lincoln that takes recycled car seats if you cut the straps and remove the cover from the car seat - a great option for Lincoln residents. But Omaha was left with NO resource to recycle car seats until NOW!
Nurture Omaha is proud to announce their new car seat recycling program! Nurture Omaha is a small business serving families in the Omaha Metro Area with expert breastfeeding and car seat safety support. Nurture Omaha is dedicated to staying green and keeping the environment healthy by being as paperless as possible, recycling breast pumps and car seats, and promoting breastfeeding 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!
These events will be held monthly, right before our Nurture Village Support Group. If you'd like to bring your recycling item and stay for group please do!
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!
Car Seat Recycling:
8329 Cass Street
Omaha, NE 68114
Current recycling times:
1st Sunday of each month 12pm-1pm