Select Farmers Markets Offer Plastic Pot and Tray Recycling

Recycle your plant pots at Robert G. Shaw Piedmont Triad Farmers Market and Raleigh State Farmers Market.

Shake clean, no need to wash, place in the fenced area. Accepted from growers, landscapers or individuals.  Returned pots will be turned into new plant pots and create jobs in NC!

Global Markets Affect Ag Plastics Recycling

Reduced global demand is affecting all recyclables:-  residential, industrial, commercial and agricultural. However, ag plastics have always been low in the ranks of desired materials for recyclers because of their dirt content, and now that there are new global market pressures for better quality, things are even harder. The markets will improve, but we are not able to predict when that will happen.

Mulch Film Lifting Trials

With the help of a grant from the NC Tobacco Trust Fund, WRP has been evaluating farm mulch film retrieval methods that minimize dirt and vegetative debris with our partner, NC State Cooperative Extension. Best management practices and retrieval methods have been developed to reduce contamination and improve the recyclability of mulch films where markets exist.

  • Truckload quantities? A recycler will pick it up for free and you save on those tipping fees!
  • Roll up that old drip tape, secure it to a pallet, now call a recycler and save on tipping fees.
  • Too much overwintering film to reuse? Recycle it!
  • Mixed pots and flats can be recycled. Some recyclers can offer payment for truckload quantities or haul them away for free if you live close to the recycler.
  • Secure all those growing media bags to a pallet. Put them on the truck with your other plastics to make a full load.
  • In May 2012, the NC Nursery & Landscape Association teamed up with the NC Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Waste Reduction Partners and the NC Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service to explore opportunities to recycle discarded agricultural plastics.
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Ag Mulch Film Retrieval and Recycling Pilot Shows Savings

With support of the Tobacco Trust Fund, the NC Ag Plastic Recycling team conducted trials of novel mulch film retrieval equipment to lift and roll film more efficiently with less labor and more cleanly so it can be recycled. Initial labor saving is estimated at $100/acre.   View slideshow


Benefits of Recycling

  • Reduced disposal fees and in some cases potential additional income.

  • Diverting material from the landfill onto more productive purposes – recycling creates far more jobs in the economy than disposal.

  • Customer appreciation for marketing a green product.

  • Cleans up your yard and creates more space.

Interactive Map of Recyclers

Click on a green icon to find details of a recycler near you.

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