SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — Walmart launched its first ever car seat trade-in program and Syracuse locations are being overwhelmed with participants.
From September 16th to September 30th, customers can bring in their old or expired car seats and in exchange will receive a 30 dollar gift card in Walmart store credit. Walmart partnered with TerraCycle to conduct this event in hopes of diverting the equivalent of about 35 million water bottles.
Since the launch of the event, customers have been coming in at an overwhelming rate, and at some locations, they had to end the event after only a couple of days.
Syracuse University professor Victoria Shires says that local moms have been talking about the event and have been trying to spread awareness. She herself has two boys who were in car seats long ago.
“I have two spare carseats at the moment,” Shires said. “They are not expired so I wont be trading them in, but I hope in a year or so when I am ready to move my son up to a booster seat, that Walmart will have this program available again so that I might be able to trade it in and get the gift card.”
I talked to Peter Barth as well, another Walmart shopper, who said he just found out about it and realized he just had a car seat lying around. “It’s the car seat that we kept for our granddaughter when she outgrew it,” Barth said. “We had actually purchased a booster seat probably about three months ago. This has just been sitting in the garage, heard about the program and said, eh.”
The Syracuse community is taking full advantage of this event, and has been coming in consistently since the program started. If this continues, the store manager says they might have to end the event early.