If you have any old, spare child safety seats taking up space around your house September is your lucky month. Target and Walmart both announced they're participating in child safety seat recycling programs going on this September. What does that mean for you? Well, now you can bring those old seats in and trade them for gift-cards or coupons at the stores.

NewCenter Maine recently did a story on the programs, which they say coincide nicely with National Baby Safety month. They say folks can take their "infant seats, convertible seats, car seat bases, harness or booster car seats and car seats that are expired or damaged" right into any participating Target stores from September 3rd to the 13th, and receive a 20% off coupon good for more baby items. I called the Bangor Target and they said they have a bin set up for the car seats right at the customer service desk.

In Walmart's case, the take-back runs from September 16th through the 30th. And when people trade in their car seats at the service desk, they can get " a $30 Walmart gift card that can be used in their stores or online for baby items." Now, I checked around, and only some of the local Walmarts, like Bangor and Ellsworth are participating. Brewer isn't and Palmyra and Lincoln Walmart reps said they didn't yet know if their stores would be taking part, so it's better to call ahead and double check closer to the date that program runs.

As all parents can tell you, if you can kill two birds with one stone (clear out space & get a reward for it) that's a win-win situation.