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After you have finished planting all those plants you have bought this spring for your garden, don't forget to bring your empty pots back to any PC Garden Centre to be recycled into new pots for next years season.
First implemented in 2008, the program enables gardeners to return empty plastic post and flats to PC Garden Centres and receive a $5 coupon* for a minimum of 25 pots or flats returned, to be redeemed when they spend a minimum of $50 on gardening products. In 2010, Loblaws improved the program to include essentially any plastic plant container from any retailer.
Here's how it works: customers purchase plants, they return empty pots and flats to a PC Garden Centre, empty pots are shipped back to the greenhouse where they're reduced in a crusher, bales of plastic are formed and taken to the pot factory, the plastic is shredded to make pellets, then pellets are used to make new pots and flats, which are then filled with beautiful plants and flowers to take home. Then the cycle starts again.
Milestones since the program was implemented
- Over 4 million pounds of plastic pots and flats recycle.
- More than $225,000 worth of coupons given out
- More than 20.1 million pounds of plastic pots and flats were collected in 2011, which is equal to the total amount collected in the previous three years.
- In 2010, Loblaw improved its program to include essentially any plastic plant container from any retailer.
*Coupon valid from May 11 – July 5, 2012. Coupons can be found at cash registers of participating Garden Centres.