Plas­tic – not so fan­tas­tic?

Gardeners' World - - We Love April - Janette Hill, by email

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?

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