LET’S RE­DUCE THE WASTE!

NZ Gardener - - LETTERS -

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.

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