Plastic – not so fantastic?
We’ve received many letters on the issue of reducing use of plastics, which Monty is trying at Longmeadow
I manage a community garden where we sell plants in plastic pots, however we also encourage people to return them for recycling. We still receive more than we can use and our council won’t recycle them, resulting in a growing mountain – hardly surprising with as many as 500 million in circulation each year. I’ve contacted recycling companies and garden centres who say their pot recycling schemes were abandoned when companies started to charge for the service. It seems biodegradable pots are not sufficiently durable for mass retail sale and are not always accepted by municipal composting facilities. As the introduction of a plastic bag charge has resulted in a reduction of usage, I wonder if a similar initiative may work for plastic pots? Julia Donoghue, Hall Cliffe Community Garden, West Yorkshire I was delighted to read that Monty is trying to reduce the amount of plastic used in his garden and I look forward to hearing more about his ideas. I started my own campaign a couple of years ago, now every time we take our dog for a run on our local beaches, I go armed with a litter picker and bag to collect any rubbish I see. Even the tiniest pieces of plastic can cause devastating damage to our wildlife and the environment. Cris Howes, East Yorkshire In light of programmes such as the BBC’s Blue Planet raising awareness of mass plastic use, I reuse many of my pots but have accumulated far more than I need. I don’t want the purchase of a plant to result in more plastic in landfill or floating in our oceans, but my local council and garden centres do not accept polystyrene plant trays or plastic plant pots.
We say We continue the plastic debate next month – read more from Monty and others.
What is the alternative to the plastic pot?