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Gardeners enthusiastic with CNLA’s recycling program


August 1, 2013
By Dave Harrison

Aug. 1, 2013, Milton, Ont. — Customers that visited their local
independent garden centre from June 21 to July 1 saw first-hand what the
industry is doing for the environment.

Aug. 1, 2013, Milton, Ont. — Customers that visited their local independent garden centre from June 21 to July 1 saw first-hand what the industry is doing for the environment.
 
This year, 50 garden centres, spanning eight provinces, participated in the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association’s (CNLA) fourth National Plastics Recycling Event by acting as drop-off points for their community’s used garden pots and trays.

5613_plastics_recycling_cnlaSince its inception in 2010, this annual 10-day event has diverted over 120,000 lbs of plastic from the landfill. That is just a fraction of the overall number considering the increasing number of garden centres who recycle plastic year-round.

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“Garden centres are green by nature, and have been working together for a number of years to find a solution to recycle their garden plastics,” says Anthony O’Neill, CNLA’s Garden Centres Canada Committee chairperson.

FOURTH YEAR FOR PROGRAM

This was the fourth year for the program, and recycling plastic pots and trays has become more widespread.

The public is aware of the need to recycle their old garden pots and trays, and many now have the option to do so at their local independent garden centre, or through their municipality’s curbside recycling program.

Did you miss the event and still have piles of garden pots in your shed? Not to worry!

• First, check for the recycling symbol and see if your region processes that number.

• If not, check with your local garden centre; some stores offer year-round collection, while others have recycling options for your community.

The National Plastics Recycling Event is scheduled to return again in 2014.

Recyclers who can offer free pickup of unsorted garden and agricultural plastics, and garden retailers who wish to participate, are asked to contact the CNLA.
 


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