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North American growers honored for recycling efforts

The Million Bottle Club has announced its 2015 recipients, recognizing growers who have recycled more than 1 million plastic water bottles into plant containers. This is the third year the Million Bottle Club, organized by McConkey’s rEarth™ plastic water bottle recycling program, has bestowed awards on growers.

“Million Bottle Club honorees can take pride in keeping bottles out of streets, landfills and oceans,” said Dave Edenfield, Business Development Manager for McConkey. “And they’re doing this simply by following their own green production practices, including growing in 100% recycled, curbside-recyclable rEarth containers.”

With only 1 in 4 plastic bottles recycled and 60 million bottles going into landfills daily, growers can make a significant environmental impact by using products like rEarth and diverting bottles into recyclable containers.
Million Bottle Club membership continues to expand. This year’s honorees recycled more than 66 million bottles in 2015 alone:

Armstrong Growers 29.5 million
Color Point Nursery 6.5 million
Kawahara Nursery 5.9 million
Iwasaki Bros., Inc. 5.8 million
Smith Gardens 4.0 million
Blooms 4.0 million
Certified Plant Growers 3.8 million
Pacific Growers 2.0 million
Colorama Wholesale Nursery 1.8 million
De Goede Brothers 1.8 million
Cal Color Growers 1.5 million

Based on the cumulative number of bottles recycled since the grower began using rEarth, the Million Bottle Awards are announced annually. “With the Million Bottle Club growing every year, we have many multi-year members,” said Dave, “and even more very close to their first award for recycling a million bottles. We look forward to welcoming even more next year.”

rEarth is manufactured by McConkey Company, a leading producer and distributor of horticultural goods, with locations in Sumner, WA, and Garden Grove, CA. A family-owned business for three generations, McConkey offers a wide product selection including containers, coverings, soil, and more.

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