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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: August 21, 2006

Contact: Cassie Larson , (651) 633-4987

Recycle Plastic Garden Pots!

WHAT: Black Plastic Garden Pot Recycling

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the following weekends only, Sept. 23-24 and Sept. 31 – Oct. 1

WHERE: Click here to see a list of Garden Center drop sites

SPONSORS: Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association and Eureka Recycling

MORE INFO: www.GardenMinnesota.com

St. Paul , Minn. – Members of the Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association (MNLA) are offering the general public the opportunity to recycle their plastic garden pots! Just bring clean, black plastic garden pots to the drop sites, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on two weekends only Sept. 23-24 or Sept. 31-Oct. 1. Participating consumers can also receive 10%* off regularly priced merchandise and other savings at the garden center drop site locations listed below.

Plastic garden pots of any size should be cleaned in advance and free of wire hangers. The pots must be black in color to be accepted. No household plastic will be accepted.

The MNLA began the environmental initiative so that green industry professionals could recycle plastic garden pots in the spring of 2006. Although still in its infancy, the project is already considered a success with over 16 tons of plastic collected and recycled by landscape professionals, garden centers and nurseries during the first four months.

More than 80 million tons of plastic are generated in this country every year, and in the horticultural industry alone, about 350 million pounds of plastic is produced annually. Plastic pots take up substantial space in landfills; they do not readily decompose and remain intact for many years. With this program, horticultural plastic will be reused or ground, commingled and reformulated into landscape lumber and other reusable products.

The MNLA has partnered with Eureka Recycling and several local green industry suppliers to make this program possible. Since May, green industry professionals, including garden centers and landscape companies throughout Minnesota, have been returning clean plastic garden pots to drop sites throughout the Twin Cities Metro area including: Bachman's Nursery Wholesale Center; Bailey Nurseries; Central Landscape Supply; Gerten's Wholesale; Green Gardens; Grove Nursery; Hedberg Landscape Supplies / Stillwater Park Nursery; Hedberg Landscape Supplies in Plymouth; Minnesota Valley Wholesale; and Wilson's Nursery. These companies have generously volunteered space for pot collection and retrieval.

“We have been very pleased at the response from MNLA member companies to recycle their plastic pots,” said MNLA President Tim Power. “Every day our industry plants trees and flowers for environmental improvement.  We're building on this positive environmental track record through this recycling program.  We hope consumers will take advantage of this opportunity as well.”

For more information, visit www.GardenMinnesota.com.

* Not valid with other offers or discounts. Valid for cash and carry sales of in-stock items only. Not valid for landscape or delivery services. Not valid on grills.

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To find a garden center or landscape professional in your area, visit Minnesota's on-line gardening resource, GardenMinnesota.com.

The Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association is the state's largest green industry trade association with more than 1,500 member businesses including garden centers; landscape contractors and designers; tree and flower growers; irrigation contractors; and lawn, tree, and garden services.

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