Our goal is to find great ways to reuse, repurpose, and recycle the tons of plastic that we bring in each year. The vast majority of our plastic leaves our facility as liners carrying millions of plants throughout North America, but a sizeable portion stays here and creates a challenge for us. We sanitize and reuse what we can, but over time the plastic breaks down, and a lot of it needs to be recycled.
My family and I recently watched Ken Burns' documentary (http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/dustbowl/
) on the Dust Bowl. It showed how farmers in the Great Plains turned up millions of acres of land without much thought to how that might affect the environment. The disaster that ensued was incredible. The documentary was a timely reminder of how the decisions we make, impact the world around us—both now and for the next generation.
Let's be honest. It costs more to recycle than it does just to throw something away. For us, we have to sort, package and coordinate pickups. Our added cost in labor outweighs the check we will receive for the recycled plastic, and that is precisely why we need to think through our values as we make business decisions.