(Cleveland) - The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is celebrating Earth Day at the Zoo’s Party for the Planet, Sunday, April 21, 2013.

UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital will be on site collecting used car seats in an effort to keep them out of landfills.

Families attending the celebration will be able to watch the pile of used car seats grow in the Zoo parking lot.

The hospital is hoping this will allow people to clean out basements and garages of old car seats that they previously had no way to discard in an environmentally-friendly way.

UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital created this initiative—the first car seat recycling program of its kind in Ohio— to give parents an eco-friendly option that allows all the parts of the seat to be recycled or reused in some way.

Car seats that still have years left before the expiration date and are in good shape will be cleaned, disinfected and made available for patients in need at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and MacDonald Women’s Hospital.

The majority of seats UH Rainbow collects, which cannot be reused, are separated into all the base materials—metal, plastic, fabric and Styrofoam—and recycled. Every part of a car seat except for the harness straps can be recycled or repurposed. Even the car seat covers are being upcycled to make pet beds for the Multiple Breed Rescue foster home network.

In addition to the Zoo event, car seats are being collected on an ongoing basis throughout Greater Cleveland at 21 convenient drop-off locations including police stations, fire stations, and local businesses.

For a complete list of sites participating in the UH Rainbow car seat recycling program, go to www.RainbowBabies.org/recycle.

The UH Rainbow Car Seat Recycling Collection is in the Lion Lot, across from the main entrance at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, April 21.

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