NOTICE 4/5/2024 @ 7:30am: North Kent Waste & Recycling Center is in the final stretch of its expansion construction. Our recycling drop-off stations at this site have been temporarily moved — click here for the details. Stay tuned here on our website or our social media for updates!

Car Seats: Infant & Child

How can Kent County Department of Public Works help?

Explore the waste stream options below for how you can reuse, recycle, compost, or dispose of the item you are trying to get rid of through a KCDPW facility or service.

Donate or Reuse
Special Collection Recycling
Proper Disposal

If your car seat is still in great shape and not expired, but you just don’t have a use for it anymore, consider donating or repurposing it! Facebook Marketplace, Freecycle, Craigslist, or your local BuyNothing Project group are all great places to give away items. Any Community Disposal Outlets listed below might accept donations.

Car seats cannot be composted.

Car seats and safety seats required complete disassembly if you choose to recycle them through curbside recycling because they are made up of multiple materials. Once all materials have been separated from each other so that you have 3 unique piles: one pile of fabric straps/cushions, one pile of scrap metal such as screws, bolts and metal frame pieces, and another pile containing the plastic shell, you are ready to sort.

Only the plastic shells can be put in your recycling cart or one of our comingled recycling drop-off stations. Fabric and textile straps should be repurposed or landfilled. The metal pieces can be brought to a scrap metal recycler or one of free scrap metal recycling drop-offs:

DO NOT put whole or non-disassembled car seats or child safety seats into your recycling cart — it will not get recycled.

Some companies have recycling take-back programs or special recycling drop-offs for these items. We only promote recycling collections by companies who we have been able to successfully verify that items brought to these take-back programs are *actually* recycled.

Check out some of the Community Disposal Outlets below for any places that accept donations.

Car seats do not contain hazardous materials.

Keeping car seats, out of the landfill, when possible, and in reuse ensures we give those valuable resources a second chance at life and use! However, if your car seat is expired or cannot be donated or repurposed, this type of waste should be landfilled via your curbside trash cart or at Kent County Department of Public Work’s two residential trash drop-offs for a fee:

The links above can provide the location address, disposal fee, and hours of service.

Community Resources

Below you will find businesses and community outlets that may accept this item/material.



Most recycling drop-offs are found by the restrooms or entry way of each Target. Multiple locations.

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