Last year, garden centers in Virginia collected 4 tons of plastic garden containers, according to a report from Virginia Tech, which helped sponsor the first statewide plastic pot recycling program -- called Va Gardeners Recycle.
Virginia Tech continues to encourage gardeners to take their plastic plant pots to participating garden centers so the plastics can be recycled back into useful products instead of filling up landfills. Annually, more than 300 million pounds of plastics go into nationwide landfills, so your help is important.
Pots can be grouped and recognized by resin codes on the bottom of each pot, according to Virginia Tech -- #2 for high-density polyethylene (HDPE), #5 for polypropylene (PP) and #6 for polystyrene (PS).
Local garden centers that accept plastic plant pots include:
- Countyside Gardens, 220 E. Mercury Blvd., Hampton; 722-9909.
- Anderson Home & Garden Showplace, Jefferson Avenue, between Harpersville Road and J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News; 599-3510.
- Ken Matthews Garden Center, Route 17, York County; 898-7799.
Other sponsors of the program include Virginia master gardeners and Virginia Cooperative Extension.
Learn more about the process and importance of recycling plastic plant pots at http://www.hort.vt.edu/VaGardenersRecycle/participants.html
Posted by Kathy Van Mullekom; firstname.lastname@example.org