Industry-led efforts are underway to divert
horticultural plastic in a recycling program stakeholders hope to take
national. The goal is to collect trade-generated waste, including pots,
trays, tags, pipes and greenhouse poly, as well as offering depots for
consumers to recycle garden plastic.
Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association staged a successful pilot recycling project this spring, and member volunteers are currently working to match plastic recyclers with garden centres or others willing to serve as collection points.
Two factors currently in place are important for the initiative’s success: higher commodity prices for used plastic and resolve by the green industry to reduce the volume of waste it generates. Industry is currently seeking funds to launch the effort.
This dream has sparked interest and participation from Canada’s other provincial horticultural trade associations, as well as the industry’s national group, the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association. Participants hope to create the first national recycling program of its kind.
Industry volunteers will be answering questions and promoting participation at Landscape Ontario’s Garden Expo trade show (www.gardenexpo.ca) on Oct. 21 and 22 at the Toronto Congress Centre.