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Scotts Miracle‐Gro, Marysville Plant — Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Gold Award Winner Case Study

Scotts Miracle-Gro, Marysville plant (SMG-Marysville) manufactures, packages, distributes and markets consumer lawn and garden products. This includes grass seed, lawn fertilizer, gardening soil, mulch and pest controls and repellants under brand names including Scotts, Miracle- Gro, Ortho, Roundup and Tomcat. SMG-Marysville received the Gold E3 Award in 2016 for environmental stewardship activities such as:

  • Re-using more than 50 different waste byproduct feed stocks by reincorporating them into plant nutrition products.
  • Recycling more than five billion pounds of green waste annually.
  • Reusing composted residential yard waste, processed agricultural livestock manure, forest industry sawdust/bark/wood chip byproduct, agricultural crop waste byproducts and pre-consumer food waste.
  • Eliminating phosphorous from all lawn food maintenance products, thereby helping prevent harmful algae blooms.
  • Reducing and reformulating the amount of nitrogen in lawn fertilizer.
  • Recycling cardboard, bottles, cans and plastic product bags, thus reducing material landfilled by 31 percent.
  • Replacing compressors with energy-efficient models, saving $152,000 in electricity.
  • Reducing natural gas use, saving $60,000.

The Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) program provides four recognition levels: Achievement, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Any organization in Ohio may apply for membership. Applicants must be in compliance with environmental laws and rules. To apply, or for questions, please visit epa.ohio.gov/ohioE3.aspx or call (800) 329-7518. We are glad to help guide you through the process and get your organization the recognition it deserves.

“Scotts Company creates garden products, but as environmental stewards they have been innovative, obtaining waste feed stock that can provide plant nutrition and incorporating this material into products that keep five billion pounds of what would have been waste out of our landfills. Businesses with this type of innovative thinking are changing the way we do business in Ohio, creating jobs and making it a better place to live.” – Ohio EPA Director, Craig W. Butler