Many gardeners needlessly endure the guilt of tossing empty plant pots into the trash, or face a huge pile of pots in the garden shed, because they can't handle the guilt! In this age of recycling there really is no need for that. Many “Big Box" stores and a good number of independent garden centers serve as collection points for the recycling of pots, flats, trays and tags.
The LEADER in the actual processing and reuse of the plastics from many of these collected garden containers, etcetera is located in My Garden Insider's home state of Michigan. Check out the details in East Jordan Plastics' inspiring recycling video below for growers, garden centers and gardeners.
East Jordan Plastics is one of the largest horticultural thermoformers in North America. Beginning in 1947 with wooden flats, to today's comprehensive line of plastic thermoformed plant containers, East Jordan Plastics remains committed to the only industry it has ever served.
East Jordan Plastics has been committed to plastic recycling since the early 60's when we first began thermoforming plastic flats and plant inserts. Even then we realized the importance of plastic recycling. Today EJP has engineered and implemented a "closed loop" plastic recycling process that uses proven plastic recycling technology and that ensures maximum energy efficiency, and ultimately the highest quality recycled plastic products.
The first plastics processing line of our 130,000 square foot facility in South Haven, Michigan has the capacity to recycle over 10 million pounds of plastic material annually. At EJP we strongly believe recycling the best way to achieve sustainability is to recycle plastics, and reuse all of the plastic plant containers we manufacture. With this in mind, it is our position that the most sustainable growing container is a growing container made from recycled plastic.
We call our initiative Project 100%, and our goal is to spearhead a national effort to ensure that all of the plastic used in making horticultural plant containers is recycled. It's a lofty goal, we know, but we feel it's the right thing to do-- for both our industry and our planet.