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Champaign Target Offers Car Seat Recycling For a Limited Time

Grab those old car seats and boosters – and mark your calendar for Target’s car seat recycling event
Target’s car seat recycling event will return to Champaign starting on Sept. 13, so now is the time to empty your garage or basement — and get a chance…

Grab those old car seats and boosters - and mark your calendar for Target's car seat recycling event

Target's car seat recycling event will return to Champaign starting on Sept.

13, so now is the time to empty your garage or basement -- and get a chance to save on something new, too. Target will accept and recycle all types of car seats, including infant seats, convertible seats, car seat bases, harness or booster car seats and car seats that are expired or damaged. All seats are recycled, NOT reused. 

This popular car seat trade-in and recycling program will last from September 13-26, 2020, at all stores, including the one in Champaign located at 2102 N. Prospect Ave. Those who bring in a trade-in will receive a coupon for 20 percent off one new seat, stroller or select baby gear item. Be sure to read below about the new way Target will be distributing the coupons.

Spoiler alert: make sure you have the Target Circle mobile app. This is a much needed service, especially in the Champaign-Urbana area, where there is no consistent option to recycle car seats. car seat trade in Target

Here's what you need to know about Target Car Seat Recycling Trade-In Program. This year, the process will be a little different in light of safety protocols to minimize contact. For those who want the coupon, make sure to download the Target app on your phone to get it.

Customers must be enrolled in Target Circle to participate in the trade-in and receive a coupon; customers will only be able to scan one coupon per Circle account. Coupons can be applied to both in-store and online purchases and are eligible through October 3, 2020.

  • Step 1: Bring an old car seat or base to a nearby Target and drop it in the designated box inside the store.
  • Step 2: Open the Target App to scan the code on the box. Talk to a Team Member in Guest Services if you need help.
  • Step 3: Open the Wallet in the Target App and view "Extra offers" to find the coupon.
  • Step 4: Click the green checkmark next to the offer and place your order online, or scan your barcode at the register.

The old car seats will go to Waste Management. According to Target, Waste Management will recycle the parts to create things like grocery carts, plastic buckets and construction materials.

Miss this event? Target has conducted an April trade-in event, around the time of Earth Day. It didn't happen in 2020, most likely due to the pandemic; no word on whether it will return for 2021.

Target introduced its first car seat trade-in program in April 2016. Since the program launched, nearly 1 million car seats have been recycled. To date, through trade-in programs, Target has recycled more than 14.4 million pounds of materials, according to its website.

Walmart is not holding a car seat trade-in event this year, the retailer confirmed to USA TODAY.  Last year, response to Walmart's car seat trade-in event was so strong, the event ended early.

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