Waukesha, WI – Over 12,000 pounds (6 tons) of plastic was diverted from the landfill and recycled through a collaboration with Johnson’s Nursery, Inc. and Waukesha County at Johnson’s Nursery, Inc. of Menomonee Falls. This recycling initiative held on October 19, 2013 was open to both businesses and residents.
“This recycling event provided local residents and businesses an opportunity to dispose of their landscape plastics sustainably,” said Mr. Chad Johnson, President and owner of Johnson’s Nursery, Inc. “We at Johnson’s Nursery, Inc. are working to close the loop to continue our strong stewardship through best environmental practices.”
Residents and businesses were able to bring used plastic growing pots, plant trays, and plant containers free of charge for recycling. Three different types of plastics, high density polyethylene (#2), polypropylene (#5) and polystyrene (#6), make up most of these landscape plastics and were separated and palletized on site by Johnson’s Nursery staff.
A total of 52 half pallets totaling 6 tons of plastics were picked up on November 7, 2013 by East Jordan Plastics, Inc. of East Jordan, Michigan, one of the largest manufacturers of horticultural containers in North America. Johnson’s Nursery, Inc. also has another 52 half pallets of these plastics that will soon be ready for pick up for recycling which will likely double these numbers and double the amount of plastics diverted from the landfill.
Due to the event’s success and the large quantity of plastics diverted from the landfill, Johnson’s Nursery, Inc. will host public events in June and October of 2014. This event will continue to be a free event open to the public and businesses.
For questions or comments about the collection event at Johnson's Nursery, Inc., visit www.johnsonsnursery.com, call 262-252-4988 or contact Waukesha County Recycling at 262-896-8300.
Land Resources Division
Waukesha County Parks & Land Use
515 W. Moreland Blvd. AC260
Waukesha, WI 53188
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