My family is already on our third car seat. We're big into donating and recycling, but we couldn't do either with our first infant car seat: Most charitable organizations won't accept donated car seats because of liability issues and most municipal recycling facilities can't handle the extensive labor involved to break down a car seat, so you can't just stick one in your recycle bin.
So, we left our car seat on the curb with a "Free, Please Take" sign. Our seat had several years left before it surpassed the expiration date, hadn't been recalled, and hadn't been in any car accidents, the main reasons most charities won't take them. And because places like Goodwill or Salvation Army can't verify the latter at all, most of us with these backseat behemoths on our hands are stuck trying to find another, responsible way to make sure they don't end up clogging a landfill.
Luckily there are ways to recycle car seats, if you know where to look, or who to bother. Read more