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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 42

Recycling Green Nursery Waste

Conrad A. Skimina

pp: 256-259

Because landfills are filling at a rapid pace, many states have enacted regulations prohibiting or restricting the disposal of yard waste in landfills. Container nurseries generate about 60 yd3 (46 m3) of organic waste per acre per year (113 m3 ha-1). By grinding and composting these wastes a nursery can save in two ways: (1) it does not need to pay to dump the waste, and (2) it does not have to purchase organic matter for growing media. The return on investment can be as high as 171% within 3 years in California. Nursery waste has better C:N ratios than most organic matters and recycling these wastes also recycles the nutrients.

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