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 recently learned that our local plastics recycling facilities will no longer accept nursery pots with their standard recycling loads. This means that nursery plastic can only be reused or sent to the landfill.  

Our goal is to develop a pot return program so we can accept the certain types of pots that we can reuse in our own plant production. However, until we can work out the details of how that might work, we are unable to accept any used plastic pots.

As of January 22, 2019, 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.

  • 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.

    Updated January 22, 2019

5 Responses to “Nursery Pot Recycling to End at Fort Collins Nursery”

  1. anne says:

    This is very disappointing. I was able to use many pots that I pulled from the recycle bin at your facility for my own back yard projects. There is no way I could have afforded tobuy new pots. So…they did get repurposed even if they didn’t get recycled. Is it possible to still have a station for people to drop off used pots, and pick up pots that are of useful size for projects? That would be much appreciated…

    • jesse says:

      Unfortunately, that’s simply not practical. We had to empty that bin 2-3 times each week during spring, summer, and fall, and while there were many reusable pots in there, there were far more pots that were unusable (broken, too flimsy to be useful, etc) that we were at least able to recycle. With no ability to send those pots along to be recycled, it becomes extremely costly for us to fill our dumpsters with everyone else’s trash. Additionally, if the bin is allowed to overflow (which can happen very quickly when everyone is planting), a lot of the material blows away before we even get a chance to empty the bin, resulting in tons of plastic trash ending up as litter, often blowing into the river to our west. We’re not particularly keen on paying to dispose of everyone’s waste, and we’re even less excited about the possibility that all that plastic can blow directly into the natural habitats surrounding our property!

  2. Elaine Spencer says:

    Will you be selling “Miracle on the Hudson” rose?
    Sales pitch:
    Miracle on the Hudson Rose is an award winner that is certain to become a gardeners favorite shrub rose. Taking home the wins in 4 categories at the 2014 Biltmore International Rose Trials Competition, the ‘Miracle on the Hudson’ Rose won the Best in Show, the Best Shrub Rose, Best Growth Habit, and Most Disease Resistant.

    • jesse says:

      Not currently one that’s on our list, but it looks pretty, we’ll definitely have to look into it and see if we can find it! (These newer introductions often take years on the market before they’re widely available enough for us to get our hands on them)

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