Plastic Harvest Activities Elsewhere

Collection programs are becoming more available thanks to high petroleum prices. Below are some contact persons, listed alphabetically by state or province. This information was last updated May, 2010.

Connecticut

Connecticut has a nursery pot injection molding company (Pastanch, LLC) affiliated with a marketing company (New Christie Ventures). They will purchase and pick up plastic nursery products, primarily polypropylene (PP, #5). They do not have washing capabilities, so materials must be free of dirt and pesticides. Film plastics are not accepted. Contact:

Mr. Stephen DePaolo
New Christie Ventures
31 Sheridan Drive
Naugatuck, CT 06770
Phone: (800) 889-0238 X306
Phone: (203) 720-9478 X 306
Cell: (203) 232-1366
Fax: (203) 720-9489
E-mail: recoveryplastics@sbcglobal.net

Delaware

Delaware is looking for an outlet / recycler to begin a plastic collection program. Contact:

Mr. James Adkins
Extension Associate Bioresource Engineering
University of Delaware - Carvel Research and Education Center
16483 County Seat Hwy.
Georgetown, DE 19947
Phone: (302) 856-7303
Mobile: (302) 528-5957
Fax: (302) 856-1845
E-mail: adkins@udel.edu

Delaware has a plastic pesticide container recycling program. They bale and ship the containers to a recycler down South. Contact:

Mr. Dave Pyne
Delaware Dept. of Agriculture
Phone: (302) 698-4570
Fax: (302) 697-4483
E-mail: David.pyne@state.de.us

Kentucky

The University of Kentucky Extension has been investigating the recovery and utilization of used agricultural plastic mulches. Contact:

Dr. John Wilhoit, Extension Associate Professor Specialty Crops Mechanization Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department University of Kentucky Lexington, KY 40546-0276
Phone: (859) 257-3000 ext 208
Fax: (859) 257-5671

Maryland

This is a plastic pot, plug tray, flats and greenhouse film recycling program open to all commercial nurseries and growers in Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, West Virginia and Ohio. They will pay for plastic and freight; call for details.

Mr. Steve Wasserman Cindarn Recycling
355 John Owings Road
Westminster, Md. 21158
Phone: (410) 848-7558
E-mail: swasserman9@yahoo.com

This drum recycler will pick up HDPE (#2) containers, such as 5 gal. pails and 5,15, 30, and 55 gal. drums. Availability of service will be determined by volume and distance.

Abbey Drum Company Contact: Jon Neuman
1440 Chesapeake Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21226-1009
Phone: (410) 355-3111
Fax: (410) 355-3121
E-mail: Jon@Abbeydrum.com

New Jersey

Since 1997, New Jersey has had a nursery and greenhouse film plastic recycling program. They facilitate recycling of the following materials for New Jersey farmers: plastic pesticide containers, nursery pots, plug trays, flats, nylon string, mulch film, and drip tape. For details, contact:

Ms. Karen Kritz
Agricultural Economic Development
Division of Marketing & Development
NJ Department of Agriculture
PO Box 330
Trenton, NJ 08625-0330
Phone: (609) 984-2506
Fax: (609) 341-3212
E-mail: karen.kritz@ag.state.nj.us
Web site: http://www.nj.gov/agriculture/divisions/md/prog/recycling.html

Ontario, Canada

Ontario has over a decade of experience collecting and recycling used agricultural film plastics. Contact:

Mr. Steve Clarke, PE
Energy & Crop Engineering Specialist
OMAFRA, 59 Ministry Rd
Kemptville, ON Canada K0G 1J0
Phone: (613) 258-8305
Fax: (613) 258-8392
E-mail: steve.clarke@ontario.ca
Web site: www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/engineer/con_energy.htm

Oregon / Washington / Idaho

Agri-Plas, Inc. near Portland, Oregon has been recycling agricultural plastic films, twines and rigid items since mid-1990. They have a plastics collection warehouse in Whatcom County, WA and plan to keep regular hours for drop-off or on-call collection of clean, dry, plastic film and many rigid plastics, except PVC. Contact:

Ms. Dari Jongsma
Agri-Plas, Inc.
Phone: (503) 390-2381
Fax: (503) 390-5454
E-mail: info@agriplasinc.com

Northwest Ag Plastics is contracted by the Agricultural Container Recycling Council (ACRC) to recycle pesticide containers in Washington, Idaho and Oregon. Acceptable plastic containers range from half pints to 55 gallon drums. Service is provided at no charge.

RE Sources is a non-profit environmental education organization founded in the state of Washington in 1982 as Bellingham Community Recycling. A seven county agricultural plastic recycling program was started in 2007, collecting nursery pots, forage bags, baling twine and nursery containers. Working with Northwest Ag Plastics they scheduled collections in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

For additional information, contact:

Ms. Lisa Friend www.re-sources.org

Pennsylvania

Plastic Pesticide Container Recycling Program

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has had a pesticide container recycling program since mid-1990s. To locate a nearby pesticide container recycling drop-off, contact:

Mr. Don Gilbert
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
2301 North Cameron St.
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Phone: (717) 772-5210

Recycling Markets Program

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has an agricultural plastic marketing specialist who is available to help recover value from used plastics. Contact:

Mr. Charlie Scheidler
Recycling Markets Coordinator
Department of Environmental Protection
Rachel Carson State Office Building
14th Floor
400 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Phone: (717) 787-0115
Fax: (717) 787-1904

Companies Accepting Agricultural Plastics

(Note: Bulk of list courtesy Charlie Scheidler, DEP. Updated May 2010.)

Abbey Drum Company Contact: Tim Bollinger
300 Table Rock Rd.
Gettysburg, PA 17325-8524
Phone: (717) 338-9135
Cell: (717) 515-5963
Fax: (717) 338-9699
E-mail: Tim@Abbeydrum.com

Note: Primary interest is pick up of HDPE (#2) containers, such as 5 gal. pails and 5,15, 30, and 55 gal. drums. Availability of service determined by volume and distance.

Blair County Yard Waste Compost Recycling Facility
Blacksnake Road
Ashville, PA 16613
Phone: (814) 696-4620
Web site: www.blaircounty.org
Note: Accept plastic flower pots and trays. Must be rinsed.

Concord Plastics, Inc. Contact: James Sampson
225 Jaycee Drive
West Hazleton, PA 18202
Phone: (570) 453-0803

Concord Plastics of PA, Inc.
3000 Seventh Ave.
Altoona, PA 16602
Phone: (814) 941-2055
Note: Accept #5 polypropylene plastic flower pots and trays. Must be rinsed.

Cougle's Recycling, Inc. Contact: Matthew Cougle
1000 S. 4th Street
Hamburg, PA 19526
Phone: (610) 562-8336
Note: Interested in some agricultural plastics.

Engineered Plastics, LLC Contact: Kurt Duska, CEO
1040 Maple Avenue
Lake City, PA 16423
Phone: (814) 774-2970
Note: Awarded the 2007 Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Infrastructure
Development Grant.

Esbenshade's Garden Centers (Customers only)
Call for seasonal hours
Web site: www.esbenshades.com
Note: Accept plastic pots and trays of all types and sizes.

Lanchester Landfill
7224 Division Highway
Narvon, PA 17555
Phone: 1 (800) 626-0067
Web site: www.chestercountyswa.org
Note: Drop off location. Call for hours of operation and types of plastics accepted. Agricultural LDPE (#4) film and super sacks accepted.

Nicos Polymers Group
730 Bangor Road
Nazareth, PA 18064
Phone: (610) 614-1400
Note: Accepting PP and PS flower pots and horticultural planters. Possibly interested in greenhouse covers and
PE horticultural bags.

Pandya, Inc. Contact: Dr. Himanshu Pandya
R. 840 Horner Street
Johnstown, PA 15902
Phone: (814) 535-5467
Note: Interested in some agricultural plastics.

Sam Esh Contact: Sam Esh
257 Rockville Road
Rebersburg, PA 16872
Phone: (814) 349-8646, Ext.#4

Ultra-Poly Corporation Contact: John McCullam
P.O. Box 330
102 Demi Road
Portland, PA 18351
Phone: 1 (800) 932-0619
Note: Accept nursery hub covers LLDPE (white or clear), and HDPE or PP TYPE flower pots.

Versaplex, Inc. Contact: Tom Lotterman
115 Mozzette Road
PO Box 307
Greentown, PA 18426
Phone: (570) 676-0676
Note: Interested in some agricultural plastics.

Waste Not Technologies, LLC Contact: Patrick Kelley
P.O. Box 848
Kunkletown Road
Saylorsburg, PA 18353
Phone: (570) 992-7041
Note: Accept large HDPE nursery pots.

Zook’s Plastic Recovery Contact: Daniel Zook
183 S. Farmersville Rd.
Leola, PA 17540
Phone: (717) 656-4422

Quebec, Canada

Lafarge Corporation has been pilot testing plastic-derived fuel in cement kilns. Contact their environmental manager:

Mr. Denis Beaulieu
Regional Environmental manager, Région du Nord-Est
Directeur Régional de l’environnement, North-East region
606 Cathcart, suite 800
Montreal, Québec,
H3B 1L7
Phone: (514) 861-2589
Fax: (514) 876-8900

Virginia

A plastic lumber manufacturer accepting agricultural film plastic nationwide is:

Mr. Michael R. Vatuna
Director of Materials Sourcing
Trex Company
20 South Cameron St.
Winchester, VA 22601
Phone: (540) 678-4087
Fax: (540) 678-1820
E-mail: mvatuna@trex.com