Walmart halts car seat trade-in event due to ‘overwhelming response’ for $30 gift cards


Walmart is ending its first-ever car safety seat trade in and recycling event early.


Walmart is halting its first-ever car seat trade-in event due to what the retailer described as “overwhelming response.”

“Due to the overwhelming response from our customers, we are quickly reaching capacity for this program,” Walmart said in a statement to USA Today. “In less than one week, we estimate we will collect nearly 1 million car seats – or the equivalent of diverting over 200 million plastic bottles from landfills.

“We are thrilled to have worked with TerraCycle and that so many customers and associates participated. Through the car seat recycling event, we’ll help families to keep their kids safe and help reduce plastic waste from landfills. We look forward to hosting future events supporting the needs of parents and families.”

The program, originally designed to end Sept. 21, gave customers a $30 gift card in return for their car seats. The seats were then recycled with through TerraCycle.

Walmart has not announced any future dates for the recycling program.