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Hort growers look to recycle plastics

Ontario’s professional horticulture organization plans to develop a national program to recycle post-consumer horticultural plastics.

Landscape Ontario said in a recent statement that such a program would be the first such nationwide program in the world.

“A movement is underway to restrict plastic containers,” the group said. “To date, water bottles and plastic bags are the most visible targets in the discussion.”

Items to be targeted under this program would include plastic garden pots, trays, tags, irrigation pipes and greenhouse poly. The partnership will include recycling companies, pot manufacturers, garden centres, nurseries and growers, the group said in its statement.

Pots, trays and tags would be collected directly from consumers at centres across Canada, the group said.

Members of Landscape Ontario plan to promote the program at their trade show, Garden Expo, to be held Oct. 21-22 in Toronto.

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