Can I recycle plastic garden pots and containers in New West

Now that the weather is getting a bit warmer, many people are heading to the garden – and to the garden stores.

This prompted a request from Audrey Barnes, a longtime member of the New Westminster Horticultural Society, who took note of the city’s request that residents avoid contaminating the recycling stream by improperly disposing of items that should not be recycled.

“Flower pots – which are recyclable, which are not? And those black trays? ” she says. “People ask me and I say, ‘I don’t know.’ I don’t know who to contact.

Barnes said it would be very helpful for local gardeners to know how they should dispose of the various gardening containers their plants are bought in from garden centers and other stores, to avoid contaminating the stream. of recycling. She collected many pots for the New Westminster Horticultural Society’s annual plant sale.

“I collect pots here. There’s a huge hodgepodge of stuff. I don’t know how to get rid of it. I’m sure everyone else is guessing that too, and I’m sure there’s a lot of contamination in recycling jars that shouldn’t be recycled,” she told the Record. “It’s the time of year to spread the word. This is the time when everyone buys all these things in jars.

For this episode of Ask City Hall, we posed Barnes’ question to Kristian Davis, superintendent of the city’s solid waste and recycling branch.

Question: What should I do with the plastic planters I receive when buying gardening supplies?

To respond: According to Recycle BC, all plastic garden pots and trays for bedding plants, seedlings, vegetable plants, etc. are acceptable for recycling in curbside or multi-family collection carts, Davis said.

“If you consider a plastic flower pot as packaging, the city accepts all rigid plastic packaging as well as mixed paper materials and other containers,” he said in an email to the Record. “Plastic pots and trays are basically packaging for your plants that you can bring home from a nursery. Just make sure they are free of soil before putting them in the recycling bin. Any plastic overwrapping soft used to wrap plants can also be recycled, but only in a drop-off depot, and must also be free of soil.”

Some plant containers, however, are not recyclable.

“The city does not accept clay, glass or ceramic plant pots or containers. The same goes for any other decorative plastic pots, containers or vases, they are not recyclable,” Davis said. “These are all examples of products purchased to display your plants. Remember that packaging is generally recyclable and products are not.