My Town: University Hospitals’ Child Car Seat Recycling Drive

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CLEVELAND — UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital is hosting a child car seat drive during the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s Earth Day festivities.

The child seat recycling program is part of University Hospitals’ Greening UH initiative. According to the hospital, millions of car seats are sold each year and thousands are thrown away. The program collects discarded car seats and refurbishes those that have not reached their expiration dates, or recycles base materials including metal, plastic, fabric and Styrofoam in each seat. Refurbished seats are given to families in need at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and MacDonald Women’s Hospital.

The collection will be held Sunday, April 21, at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s Party for the Planet. Zoo visitors with seat donations can drop them off at the recycling area located in the Lion Lot across from the main entrance. Each donor will need to complete a donation waiver for each seat donated.

The first 50 people to donate a car seat will receive a UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital tote bag and a coupon for a free kid’s meal from Applebee’s.

Those unable to donate a seat at the Earth Day celebration can do so at 21 locations in the Greater Cleveland area.

Click here for donation waiver forms and a list of donation locations.

Click here for more information about Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s Party for the Planet.