Consolidation Sites

 

Johnston County Nursery Association 
jocoplants.com

Are you a member of Johnston County Nursery Association? JCNMA has been discussing ways for their members to recycle their used plastics. Keep in touch with JNMA for updates on recent and upcoming recycling events. Go to your JCNMA meetings and share your ideas. JCNMA is currently working out ways to consolidate your overwintering film this spring at Smithfield Livestock Arena to get truckload quantities, so it can be hauled to Verity Recycling. It will not cost you anything and will save you on charges at the landfill.


Lowe's Home Improvement Stores

Lowe's offer a take-back program of used nursery containers from the public. Sometimes the rack is hard to find but be persistent. The used containers are backhauled to Metrolina Greenhouses, Huntersville, NC  where they are loaded unsorted into a 53' box truck and taken to Verity Recycling, Asheboro for recycling. Some of this resin is then sold to Poeppelmann Plastics, Claremont, NC and Meyer Lawn & Garden for extrusion into new nursery containers.

 

Piedmont-Triad Farmers Market, Colfax

Robert G. Shaw Piedmont Triad Farmers Market

Growers, landscapers, vendors and the public can take their used plant pots, trays and flats to the market to be recycled. Please shake the pots clean, no need to wash, and stack on the pallets provided. There is no need to sort the pots by plastic type, but if you can stack like containers with like, it will help cut down the haulage costs. As you enter the market, follow the signs to the agricultural plastics recycling center behind the Moose Cafe. These containers will be taken to Verity Recycling to be sorted by plastic type, processed and turned into new plant pots in North Carolina. It is OK to take pots and/or flats from the agricultural plastics recycling center for reuse, however there is a risk of contamination and we recommend you wash them first with a weak bleach solution.

Sorry, other agricultural plastics cannot be recycled here at present.

 

Plantworks Nursery, Rougemont 
Plantworks Nursery

Plantworks offers a recycling service for their customers. Plantworks will pick up your used pots and trays for free, or you may drop them off at the nursery and they will make sure that they are recycled. Also, your GardenRich tags are recyclable too, so start saving them and give them back to Plantworks when they next deliver. Are you a garden center that buys from Plantworks and thinking of offering a take-back program of used nursery containers from your customers? Call Plantworks or Waste Reduction Partners for assistance.

 

Raleigh State Farmers Market, Raleigh

Raleigh State Farmers Market

Growers, landscapers, vendors, Master Gardeners and the public can take their used plant pots and flats to the market to be recycled. Please shake the pots clean, no need to wash, and stack on the pallets provided. There is no need to sort the pots by plastic type, but if you stack like containers with like, it will help cut down the haulage costs. As you enter the market, follow the signs to the agricultural plastics recycling center. These containers will be taken to Verity Recycling to be sorted by plastic type, processed and turned into new pots in North Carolina. It is OK to take pots and/or flats from the agricultural plastics recycling center for reuse; however, there is a risk of contamination, and we recommend you wash them with a weak bleach solution first.

Sorry, other agricultural plastics cannot be recycled here at present.

 

Sonoco 
sonoco.com

These Sonoco sites - Durham, Fayetteville, Gastonia, Greensboro, Hickory, Jacksonville, Salisbury and Winston Salem - will accept used nursery containers, shaken clean of dirt. They do not have to be sorted by plastic type. These Sonoco sites will also take clean, used overwintering film, free of contaminants such as nails, if it is slashed into pieces and stacked and tied on pallets.


County Solid Waste Facilities that will accept some agricultural plastics:

Haywood County 
haywoodnc.net

Haywood County can now add nursery containers to their rigid plastics. Please call ahead to discuss.

Watauga 
wataugacounty.org/main/App_Pages/Dept/Sanitation/home.aspx

Watauga County can now add nursery containers to their rigid plastics. Please call ahead to discuss.

Wilson County 
wilson-co.com/119/Solid-Waste-Services

Wilson County can now accept used nursery containers. You do not have to live in Wilson County to recycle your pots with Wilson County for free! No tipping fee! Wilson County is positioning a trailer at the Eastern North Carolina Landscape Conference and Trade Show  to collect your old pots and flats. Bring them along March 10th, 2015!

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.