Taupe pots launch faces re­cy­cling un­cer­tainty

Gardeners' World - - We Love January -

With the launch of re­cy­clable taupe plas­tic pots in gar­den cen­tres just weeks away, doubts have emerged over whether lo­cal coun­cils will ac­cept them in house­hold re­cy­cling. A sur­vey of coun­cils by trade jour­nal Hor­ti­cul­ture Week found that 87 per cent do not ac­cept plas­tic plant pots of any colour through kerb­side schemes. Gar­den­ers buy half a bil­lion plas­tic plant pots and trays ev­ery year, with many go­ing to land­fill. Taupe coloured pots are be­ing in­tro­duced by UK plant nurs­eries as a re­cy­clable al­ter­na­tive to the com­mon black plas­tic pots, which most UK re­cy­cling cen­tres are un­able to re­cy­cle. The Hor­ti­cul­tural Trades As­so­ci­a­tion (HTA) tells us: “Gov­ern­ment leg­is­la­tion would be a break­through in stan­dar­d­is­ing plas­tics re­cy­cling across the UK.” In the mean­time, it is urg­ing con­sumers to re­cy­cle taupe pots through their kerb­side schemes and if their lo­cal author­ity won’t ac­cept them, to en­cour­age their coun­cil to con­tact RE­COUP, a char­ity that works to in­crease the re­cy­cling of plas­tic. Lo­cal coun­cils have dif­fer­ent poli­cies on the types of plas­tics they col­lect for re­cy­cling, and cite con­cerns over con­tam­i­na­tion and con­fu­sion about whether plant pots are do­mes­tic or mu­nic­i­pal waste. WRAP, the Waste & Re­sources Ac­tion Pro­gramme char­ity that works with coun­cils to sup­port re­cy­cling, says: “Each in­di­vid­ual lo­cal author­ity will con­sider lo­cal cir­cum­stances when mak­ing de­ci­sions on what and how they col­lect ma­te­ri­als for re­cy­cling.” Taupe pots will be avail­able in Waitrose stores from March, in Hil­lier nurs­eries from April, and from re­tail­ers in­clud­ing Sut­tons and Hayloft, later in the year. If you‘re un­sure whether you can re­cy­cle taupe and other non-black plas­tic pots in your do­mes­tic re­cy­cling, con­tact your lo­cal author­ity. For more info on plas­tics re­cy­cling, email: en­[email protected] re­coup.org

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