Agricultural Plastics Recycling
Coming of Age in North Carolina!

Welcome to NC agricultural plastics recycling! Now it is possible to recycle your old pots, hoop house film and drip tape. Sending your discarded agricultural plastics to a recycler saves you money, creates jobs in the recycling industry in North Carolina and helps you market a greener business.

Over 3,200 tons of discarded agricultural plastics have been recycled in NC, saving growers more than $135,000 in disposal fees. Also, more than $393,000 has been paid to growers by recyclers. Read on and learn how to market a greener business and save money!

Recycling Plant Pots and Flats

In this video, Ariel Montanez describes how Pender Nursery successfully recycled their  accumulation of pots to create efficient yard space.


Recycling Hoop House Film

Mark Gantt of Hefner’s nursery has been recycling for many years.  Watch the short video on his thoughts and approach to recycling.

  • 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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