Metro area auto shop, Offutt Collision Repair, is one of the few companies across the nation that accepts used child car seats.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration encourages parents to discard car seats after six years or when it expires, if it has been in a car accident, or if the expiration labels are damaged.
However, millions of car seats across the nation end up in landfills because of limited options of where they can be taken. Goodwill, for instance, does not accept them because car seats should never be reused. It is also unsafe to throw the seats in dumpsters because people may rummage through and take them.
Offutt Collision Repair is the only service in our area that will recycle the seats. The plastic, metal and seat belts are removed from the seat, separated and then re-purposed.
Hands of Heartland in Bellevue uses the plastic, and First Star Fiber in Omaha uses the metal.
OCR has collected car seats for three years, and has a new goal of recycling 1,000 car seats this year.