Plastic Pot Collection
The plastic containers plants came in are one example. For the first time ever customers are coming back to this nursery, not to return their plants but to recycle their old containers.
"Its based on a model used by other botanical gardens, specifically Missouri Botanical gardens. We're working with the City of Columbia and an area recycler to collect nursery pots, flats, any of the plastic items that come with buying plants," said Tony White, Superior Garden Center.
Ryan Enterprises is collecting these plastic pots, which the City of Columbia won't take. They will add other plastic to the mix, grind it down and melt it to create these parking stops. Anita and Gary Ryan started the local recycling business just one year ago when they put in a fence made of recycled plastic.
"I feel like I'm doing something for the environment, I'm in a buisness with my husband, and that has been wonderful. It's something we're doing together, and that's very rewarding," Anita Ryan, Recycler, said.
Plastic container collection will continue tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Superior Gardens on Old Highway 63 South near Grindstone in Columbia. You can bring any plant containers, even if you didn't buy them there.