What to do with the excess plastic containers that are used to grow plants in has always been a dilemma. This has been addressed before, with one company in
This is great news. In the past we just couldnâ€™t take back the pots people wanted to return. We would end up with a giant pile of pots we just couldnâ€™t use quickly enough. Now we can offer to take back the empty cell packs, gallon, and larger pots from the customer once they have finished their planting. I would like to encourage that they only bring back the pots from plants they have bought from us, but we won't get upset if a Home Depot pot or two shows up.
I donâ€™t know if Sierra Disposal realizes the amount of plastic cans a nursery can end up with. For now we will see if we can fit them in the hopper we have, but I could see having a dedicated container just for the pots. Will start with this and see what happens.
Do other waste collection companies offer this to nurseries? What do other nurseries do with the empty pots they canâ€™t use in their operation?