This post is part of an attempt to do something like 100 recycling tips for damn near anything in something close to, anyway, 100 days. We’ll see how that goes. When the 100 Recycling Tips are all published here on Easy Ways to Go Green, we’ll do a master list so that every link exists on one single page for everyone to be able to link over to, or to use as a reference guide when questions on how to recycle different things in your life inevitably come up.
How to Recycle 100 Common Things: #3 Black Plastic Gardening Pots
If you own a home, tend to a garden or even have some fresh herbs growing in the kitchen window of your apartment, then you’ve come into contact with plastic pots from the nursery. And most likely, you’ve planted things in the ground or in a ceramic pot and ended up with a stack of black plastic pots. Can these be recycled?
Before you toss them in the trash, and actually before you simply place them in the recycling bin, make sure that your Curbside Recycling Program takes them. Many of the blue recycling bins have a phone number or contact information on them, where you can make doubly sure that the pots are okay for pickup. As an alternative, many local nurseries will allow you to drop off used and empty black or green plastic nursery pots there, so consider inquiring next time you’re buying plants.
There will often be a number inside of the recycling symbol on the inside or outside bottom of the black plastic pot. Check this number against the numbers listed on the Curbside Recycling Program website or right there on the bin.
Helpful Links on Recycling Silk Flowers:
Recycle Black Plastic Pots Info on The Garden Web
Check out eHow where they offer more ideas about re-using and recycling black flower pots.
Information on The Lazy Gardener which includes great info on recycling black plastic nursery pots.
Recycle Works offers a comprehensive list in the Bay Area where you can drop off your black plastic pots.