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Griffin Greenhouse & Nursery Supply Recycling Program Going Strong

This past summer, Griffin Greenhouse and Nursery Supply embarked on an innovative recycling program to keep pots, trays and other recyclables out of the landfill. Branch Manager Bill Hotz reports they recently shipped their first full load of material to the recycler and that he hopes they’ll see even more materials following the spring season. 
Under the program, Griffin will pick up, at no charge, pallets of designated materials to be recycled.  Garden centers, growers and landscape contractors are all welcome to participate in the program. You don’t even have to be a Griffin customer.
The program solves a long time problem for many in the industry. Traditionally, used pots and trays sat around in a corner of the nursery until they became an eyesore and were hauled off the dump. Not only were these materials filling our landfills, growers had to pay expensive tipping fees just to get rid of the material.
Along came the Griffin program. Now, industry pros have cost saving opportunity to recycle plastics all the while keeping them out of the landfill and protecting the environment.  If you would like more information or to schedule a pickup, please call Bill Hotz at 610-913-3042.
What is recyclable?
Most containers have the appropriate recycling symbol molded into the bottom.
Mixed color and printed containers are acceptable.
High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE #2)
Characteristics:
* Tough and pliable. Sidewalls are soft and flexible.
Common items made of HDPE #2:
* Generally large pots and nursery containers.
* Blow molded containers
Polypropylene (PP #5)
Characteristics:
* Tough and flexible. Generally heavier gauge than PS #6.
Common items made of PP #5:
* Some trays and flats, as well as pots
* Most injected molded containers
* Generally web flats
Polystyrene (PS #6)
Characteristics:
* Rigid and will crack and tear when bent excessively.
Common items made of PS #6:
* Generally trays, flats, inserts and some pots
* Almost all plug/propagation trays
* Thermoformed container
Collection Criteria
Pick-Up Procedures
* Material needs to be separated by plastic type, on wrapped pallets as described below.
* Please remove all excess soil media from the containers
* Paper and other foreign materials need to be removed
* Please nest like containers.
* Pallet heights must be 84″ or less.
* Standard dock and on site forklifts preferred.
* We will pick up pallets of sorted plastics at the growers facility on pre-scheduled
  appointment days.
 
Drop-Off Procedures
* Material needs to be separated by plastic type as described below
* Please remove all excess soil media from the containers
* Paper and other foreign materials need to be removed
* Please nest like containers.
* Sorted material can be dropped the Ball Ground, GA location all year.