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CAN: Garden Centres Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

CAN: Garden Centres Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Across Canada last year, garden centres diverted thousands of pounds of plastic during an annual national plastics recycling event. Fifty garden centres, spanning eight provinces, participated in the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association’s fourth National Plastics Recycling Event by acting as drop-off points for their community’s used garden pots and trays. Since its inception in 2010, this annual 10-day event has diverted over 120,000 lbs. of plastic from the landfill—a conservative number based on the many garden centres recycle plastic year-round. The CNLA believe through these events the public is becoming more accustomed to the option of returning their old garden pots for recycling at their local independent garden centre any time of the year.  Municipalities are also beginning to notice and many now accept plastic pots back as part of their curbside recycling program. The National Plastics Recycling Event returns again in summer 2014. (Source: canadanursery.com)