• Nursery flats
  • Plant labels
  • Plastic buckets and lids
  • Plastic bale twine (contained)
  • Soil amendment bags (turned inside out and shaken clean)
  • PVC pipe
  • Tarps
  • Strapping
  • Drip tape
  • Plastic hose reels
  • Reemay row cover
  • Bird/deer netting (in a bag)
  • Haylage plastic bale wrap (MUST be clean and dry or they will NOT ACCEPT)

Recycled ag plastics become feedstock in the manufacture of automotive parts, tool handles, drain pipe and trash bags as well as plastic lumber for benches, flooring, pallets, decking, posts and pilings.

It is estimated that plastics can take up to 400 years to break down in landfills; farmers and gardeners from the San Juan Islands have diverted from landfill about 45 tons of ag plastics over the last two years’ recycling collections. Burning plastics is illegal; it creates highly toxic fumes that are especially harmful to people with asthma, allergies, or other respiratory/cardiac problems.

Recycle your Agricultural Plastics at Skagit River Steel

1265 South Anacortes Street, Burlington, WA     360-757-6096Call ahead to check!


Here is how long it takes for material to breakdown.

Biodegradable Timeline

  • Cans (aluminum) 200 yrs
  • Cans (tin) 50 years
  • Cardboard box 2 months
  • Cotton Rope 3 to 14 months
  • Diapers (Biodegradable) 1 yr
  • Diapers (disposable) 450 yrs
  • Fishing line 600 yrs
  • Glass Undetermined
  • Photo-degradable drinking cup 6 months
  • Plastic bags & wrappers 10 to 20 yrs
  • Plastic bottle 450 yrs
  • Plastic six-pack holder 400 yrs
  • Styrofoam (buoy) 80 yrs
  • Styrofoam (cup) 50 yrs
  • Wood (painted) 15 yrs
  • Wood (Plywood) 1 to 3 yrs

80% of marine debris is washed, blown or dumped from land. Plastic accounts for more than 50% of all marine debris. Many objects look like food to marine mammals and birds – this debris can lodge in their stomachs and cause starvation.





© San Juan Islands Conservation District 2016