July 15, 2012
Final numbers have not been determined to date for this year’s National Plastics Recycling Event that ran from June 22 to July 1, but indications are that this year’s event will move well past last year’s total of 63,150 pounds.

In Ontario nearly 20 garden centres signed up for the project this year, adding to the national total of 50 participants from eight provinces accepting recycling plastics at their garden centres.

Originally begun by Landscape Ontario in 2009, the program spread across Canada in 2010 and offered six locations, which collected more than 53,000 pounds of plastic. CNLA took over the administration of the program last year.

Ontario garden centres taking part in the program include, Alcock Nurseries, Campbellcroft; Bala Garden Centre, Bala; Barrie Botanix, Barrie; Black Forest Garden Centre, King City; Greenbelt Farm, Mitchell; Holland Park Garden Gallery, Burlington; Kamstra Landscaping, Oshawa; LittleTree Horticultural, Fergus; Make It Green Garden Centre, Kanata; Plant World, Etobicoke; Sipkens Nurseries, Wyoming; Richmond Nursery, Ottawa, Ridge View Garden Centre, Beamsville; Sheridan Nurseries: Georgetown, Mississauga, Whitby, Markham, North York, Scarborough, Toronto, Kitchener; Tarantino Nursery, Vaughan; Van Dongen’s Garden Centre, Hornby; Walter’s Greenhouse, Paris and Windmill Garden Centre, Orillia.

“Consumers are looking for ways to recycle their plastics after doing their part for the environment by planting trees, shrubs and flowers each season. By promoting plastics recycling opportunities at local independent garden centres, we are showing the public that our members truly care about the environment and servicing their customers,” said Rebecca Doutre, retail priorities manager at CNLA.

Watch the August edition of Landscape Ontario magazine for details on the 2012 recycling program.

For more information, visit www.cnla-acpp.ca and click on National Plastics Recycling Event.