Nov. 19 2018 01:00 PM

Their sponsorship will continue the successful initiative that began in 2017.

Two of the biggest names in irrigation, Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply, Phoenix, and Hunter Industries, San Marcos, California, are teaming up to make it easy for people to recycle used irrigation controllers.

Ewing says that irrigation controllers are made with recyclable materials, but when they’re replaced, older controllers usually end up in the trash. Since 2017, Ewing customers have recycled thousands of irrigation controllers at Ewing stores, totaling more than 11,170 pounds of plastic, metal and other materials.

Now Hunter Industries is partnering with Ewing to help sponsor the costs to continue this irrigation controller recycling program.

Not only does this reduce waste and heavy metals in landfills, but it provides jobs for people with autism or other disabilities at Blue Star Recyclers, a nonprofit with several locations in Colorado.

Every irrigation controller collected at Ewing is sent to Blue Star Recyclers, where it’s disassembled or shredded and then sorted by material types which are reused as part of the manufacturing process for other products.

Both Ewing and Hunter say they are proud to be a part of this effort to reduce waste in the landscape and irrigation industry. More information about the program can be found here.