Local Target stores offer free car seat recycling through Saturday.
The promotion comes at a time when local recyclers have suspended their car seat recycling programs because of changes in what types of foreign waste China will accept.
Target’s promotion is offered through New Jersey-based TerraCycle, whose recycling process is based in the United States.
The car seats are shredded, separating the plastics from the metals from the fibers, said Lauren Taylor, a TerraCycle spokeswoman. Fibers are made into car insulation, while metals and plastics are made into new metal and plastic products.
Learn more at www.terracycle.com.
Target in April switched to recycling rather than trashing the car seats it received through its annual trade-in program. The April event saw nearly 80,000 car seats — more than 1 million pounds of material — turned in for recycling nationwide.