LET’S REDUCE THE WASTE!
I was in the carpark of my local Mitre 10 and watched an employee with a trolley from the garden centre emptying trays of plastic pots and tired seedlings into the rubbish skip. This was all compostable or recyclable/reusable waste. I realise that it would take time to empty all the contents of the pots into a bin and put the plastic pots in another bin for washing, recycling or re-use. It also requires a bit of storage space and this particular store is on a very constricted site. However, that shouldn’t be an excuse to just keep contributing to the landfill. I contacted Mitre 10 about it and received a bland reply that they would discuss the problem. Perhaps NZ Gardener could start a discussion and ask garden centres what they do about their unsold plants and all the plastic pots. With all the talk about plastic waste and overflowing landfills, this seems to me to be a timely and important conversation to have. Leith Wallace, WELLINGTON Interesting question Leigh. It would be great to hear if any other readers had an idea of how to address this issue. Jo, ed.