Monday, May 12, 2014

Plastic Container Recycling

Plastic Recycling 

Waste Reduction Partners (WRP), is partnering with the NC Nurseryman and Landscapers Association, the Department of Agriculture, and NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources to expand opportunities for recycling agricultural plastics ( The event will be held at Appalachian Creek Nursery in Swannanoa on May 24th.  This event was initiated by Rainbow Recycling in Black Mountain.  WRP is helping to plan and market the event.  

There is also a series of nursery container recycling collection events on Saturdays throughJune 28 at B.B. Barns in Arden.  This collection program is geared more towards home gardeners (i.e. customers and future customers of B.B. Barns).  

WRP is also interested in working with nurseries, landscapers or farms that might need assistance with recycling agricultural plastics. They have already worked with several nurseries statewide on recycling overwintering greenhouse films in the spring, and we have just begun to work with a few farms to recycle black mulch films in late fall.  Their assistance is free (grant-funded).  

Waste Reduction Partners is a part of the Land of Sky Regional Council.  Jan Foster is the solid waste manager. Her contact is below:

Jan Foster, Solid Waste Manager

Waste Reduction Partners, Land of Sky Regional Council

Plagued by piles of used flower pots?
Lots of Pots
Recycling Event Saturday, May 24, 2014, 8am-5pm
Appalachian Creek Nursery
8 Mimidis Lane, Swannanoa
(off Hwy 70, just west of Warren Wilson Rd, across RR tracks)
PLASTIC flower pots & trays
(intact or broken) Also available for REUSE (“as is”)
Before arriving: Shake or tap to remove most dirt. Must bag or box.
If quantity is larger than pickup truck load --
advance notice by May 22 & additional preparation required
Contact Rainbow Recycling, 828-669-5459, for instruction sheet on proper sorting and stacking 
For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.