Irrigation controller recycling program expands nationwide with Ewing and Rachio

Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply, Rachio and Blue Star Recyclers have expanded their irrigation controller recycling program to all Ewing locations to encourage contractors to replace controllers with more efficient and fully featured options.

By partnering with Rachio, Ewing is able to provide customers with another advantage: controller recycling for any type of controller. When replacing or upgrading to a new controller, simply bring the old unit in to any Ewing location.

During the 6-month pilot program, 10 Ewing locations collected more than 400 pounds of controllers for recycling.

“With the success we had in the spring pilot program, we are excited to be ably e to offer this opportunity to all of our customers,” said Warren Gorowitz, Ewing’s vice president of sustainability. “This program is one way of working toward a more sustainable future.”

When an old controller is replaced with a new one, it is often thrown away to sit in a landfill. Through this program, controllers are sent to Blue Star Recyclers, based out of Denver, Colo., for recycling.

“Sustainability efforts benefit us all, and this program in particular keeps outdated controllers out of our landfills, while also providing jobs for individuals with autism or other disabilities—two great outcomes that require very little effort!” said Brian Ewing, Vice President of Sales at Rachio. “Rachio loves the way communities have embraced controller recycling, and are excited to expand the reach of this impactful program nationwide.”

Blue Star Recyclers, founded in 2009, recycles electronics and other materials, while creating jobs for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or physical limitations.


“This program means more controllers are recycled and more jobs are created for individuals at Blue Star Recyclers,” said Bill Morris, CEO of Blue Star Recyclers. “The community wins by keeping this material out of landfills. Our workforce wins by having meaningful employment and reduced dependence on taxpayer funded benefits. Everyone wins when those two things happen.”

To recycle old controllers, simply bring them to your local Ewing store.