The objective of good energy management is to reveal energy losses and inefficiencies. The findings can lead to improvements that significantly reduce emissions that lead to greenhouse gasses.
At our Visalia nursery, our newly constructed greenhouses are state-of-the-art and energy efficient. High roofs with venting increase circulation naturally. The boilers used to heat the greenhouses are high efficiency, helping to reduce the amount of fuel needed to provide the optimum growing environment for our plants. The irrigation system was engineered to use the least amount of energy possible to water the plants.
We are working to make our green Monrovia pots fully recyclable; presently about 70 percent of our pots can easily be recycled through municipal recycling services.
If you're not familiar with what can or cannot be recycled, simply turn the pot over and look for a number surrounded by a recycling symbol (known as a resin identification code). Our recyclable pots are made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and is designated #2 HDPE. Most recycling facilities accept these plant pots, as #2 HDPE is the most-often recycled plastic in the United States - the same plastic used to make milk and and dishwashing detergent bottles.
High-density polyethylene is commonly recycled into plastic lumber, tables, benches, truck cargo liners, trash receptacles, and other durable plastic products. Monrovia highly encourages recycling our plant containers and all household recyclables. To find out which plastics are accepted in your local area, contact your community's solid waste department.
Monrovia is a proud sponsor of the Missouri Botanical Gardens Pots to Planks initiative, a program that turns recycled garden containers into usable landscape lumber. In 2008, the program kept more than 158,000 pounds of plastic garden containers from entering the waste stream.
Our next challenge in efficiency comes when our plants are shipped. We lead the industry in loading practices that maximize the number of plants we ship per load, reducing our overall load count. Plants are efficiently stacked in the trucks, so that each trip carries a maximum load. In 2001 we added three East Coast nurseries, so by growing regionally, we were able to greatly reduce the distance our plants travel. For deliveries beyond a certain distance, the trucks do not return to the nursery, thus no empty trucks wasting fuel.