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Dismantle a child car seat – how hard can it be? standard

by Toni Bye, SeatSmart Programme Manager The day ended with defeat. No screwdriver, hammer, saw or even angle grinder could help us dismantle the final part of this child car seat for recycling. What its function was exactly I couldn’t tell you – only that it seemed to take batteries. Maybe it was intended to lull its occupant to sleep with soothing sounds or vibrations. It wasn’t the only challenge I faced alongside my 3R Group colleagues as we pulled seats apart so the plastic, metal and straps could be recycled. The seats come from SeatSmart, 3R’s recycling programme for child car seats, which aims to tackle the issue of some 100,000 seats going to landfill each year.  Having created ...

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Child car seat recycling helps lift youth employment standard

MEDIA RELEASE: Dismantling child car seats isn’t the first thing which comes to mind when finding work experience, but a group of young men and women from LIFT Youth Employment have been taking it in their stride. Between them, the Hawke’s Bay youths spent the past five weeks – one day a week – working with Hastings-based sustainability experts 3R Group, which runs the SeatSmart child car seat recycling programme. Together, Trojan Kawana, Uriah Tamati-Smith, Marika Katane, Panaomealeli Suai, Paremaina Wiperi, and Cullen Waina have put their problem-solving skills to the test dismantling expired or damaged child car seats so the components can be recycled. 3R Group operations manager Steve Nicholls says taking a seat apart is much more challenging ...

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