Container recycling at Sage Garden
At Sage Garden, we have replaced the majority of our plastic containers with certified organic wood-fibre pots, in an effort to reduce our environmental footprint. However, we are also pleased to reuse several types of plastic pots, rather than have them end up in landfill.
We are currently accepting back for reuse the following types of plastic pots:
- TO355 (our tall, deep 3.75" pots with root developer ridges on the sides)
- Quart (tall round 4" pots)
- Square 6" (square, 6")
- 6" Azalea (round, shallow 6")
- 1-gallon (round, deep 6" pots)
- Larger round nursery pots (the types that trees and shrubs come in)
- 50 cell plug trays (the shallow and deep styles)
For us to be able to reuse these (and divert them from landfill) they must be:
- Clean (washed with soap)
- Not have any branding on them (Sage Garden price stickers are fine)
- Originate at Sage Garden (as they need to work with our trays)
The photo below shows the containers we can reuse, and how they look after simple cleaning. This photo does not show larger nursery pots or 50-cell plug trays.
These guidelines ensure we can properly reuse them.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR PARTNERSHIP!
Why not just recycle the plastic pots?
Although in-theory most modern greenhouse containers are recycle-able, the reality is that the majority end up in the landfill, even when placed into the recycling stream. This is for three main reasons: local recycling facilities can't make good use of these types of plastics; recycling facilities use automation that cannot detect black plastic, leading to these items being diverted to landfill; and plant pots with any amount of dirt on them get rejected for recycling.