The Green Spot is holding its biennial Garden Plastic Recycling event this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with assistance from Rotary Club of Brandon.
No. 2, 5 and 6 plastics, which are the only plastics used by the Green Spot, will be collected, sorted and then shipped back to their plastic suppliers.
The owner of the Green Spot, Bernie Whetter, said he is hoping to co-ordinate with the customers to bring in their plastics twice a year.
Prior to the plastic recycling events, there were bins for different types of plastics at the Green Spot, but Whetter said it was very time consuming to continually sort and process the plastics, especially considering the volume of plastic that is returned to them.
Approximately six volunteers from Rotary Club of Brandon will help receive and sort the plastics to help take some of the recycling strain away from the Green Spot employees.
Whetter said they don’t make any money through recycling and they do it because they are taking responsibility for the packaging they use.
“We’re doing it because we don’t want to see it end up in the landfill. We’re selling products with the plastics on it and we feel that it’s partially our responsibility to look after it,” Whetter said.
The Green Spot also reuses whatever plastic material they can, such as No. 2 heavy black plastic used for nursery pots.
Another nursery in Brandon, Patmore Nursery, also recycles the plastics they use for selling plants, but they still use separate bins for the different plastics, and another bin for cardboard.
Kerri VanMackelbergh, grower and green house manager at Patmore Nursery, said they use the bins because people want to get rid of their plastics at different times, so it’s more convenient for their customers. Their bins are accessible 24 hours a day.
Patmore Nursery also reuses as much of the plastics returned to them as possible.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 7, 2012