Nursery Pot Recycling to End at Fort Collins Nursery

We are sad to announce that beginning January 1st, 2019, we will no longer be offering a recycling program for nursery pots. While this program has been extremely popular, we have faced skyrocketing costs as non-recyclable items and heavily contaminated plastics are frequently left in our recycle bin. If a load of recyclable material is too contaminated, it is diverted to the landfill, which is costly and contrary to our goal of reducing the flow of plastics into the landfill.

In addition to our challenges of keeping recycling loads clean, changes in the world of plastics recycling have also played a roll. Recently, China stopped accepting American recyclable products due to high levels of trash contamination mixed in with recyclables. This means it is much more difficult and costly for the recycling industry to meet the demand, as China was one of the largest global processors of recycled plastics.

Our current pot recycling program will remain through the end of 2018. While we do not currently have plans to replace the pot recycling program, we are exploring the possibility of hosting buy-back days for certain pot sizes and types. In the meantime, here are some steps you can take to help make sure plastics end up getting recycled and not tossed in the landfill:

  • You can recycle nursery pots through the curbside recycling offered by your local trash hauler! #5 sized pots (aka 5 gallon pots) and smaller may be included with curbside recycling.
  • Pots larger than the #5 / 5 gallon size may still be recycled at the Timberline Recycling Center, located at 1903 S. Timberline Rd. This center offers a wide range of recycling for all kinds of “hard-to-recycle” items and is open Tuesday – Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Currently the Larimer County Landfill only accepts plastic labeled #1, #2, #4, and #5. Plastics labeled #3, #6, or #7 are NOT currently recyclable. 
  • Keep contaminants out of the recycling bin: As it relates to nursery pots, this means they need to be emptied of soil and other debris.
  • Remember to place recyclables loose in the bin – recyclables bundled in plastic bags won’t be processed.
  • For more information on recycling in Fort Collins, click here.
  • For more information on recycling in Loveland, click here.
  • For more information on recycling in Greeley, click here.
  • For more information on recycling in Cheyenne, click here.
  • For more information on recycling in Laramie, click here.

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