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Plastic pots

I've got yet another stack of plastic plots left over from a planting job. I re-use as many as I can for my own use in clients gardens/greenhouses and at home, and give many to friends and family and on freecycle etc. but still have loads. Does anyone have suggestions what else I can do with them? Some nurseries will take them back, but others don't want them (or are too far away) and I'd hate them to go to landfill.

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  • Contact your local council to see if the pots can be collected. Alternatively check out Homebase or B&Q as they sometime have a Pots Amensity week. It's a problem and the Industry need to reduce the amount of plastic. I did trial  biodegradable ones and they worked reasonable well.

  • Sell them on ebay! I have bought many on there as I small-scale sell plants as well. I mostly sell them to clients so I can then re-use the pots myself. 

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    A problem for all of us I think. I did work at a garden centre a few years back where we used Biodegradable pots. They were ok, but I still find bits of them floating around my garden beds, probably five years after putting them in the compost!

    I had a delivery this week of Griselinia in 10Lt pots, which did turn up in the newer brown pots which are supposedly meant to be recyclable, whether they actually are when they hit the recycling plant machinery I don't know. This was a delivery from Best4Hedging btw.

    As you say John, Freecycle & maybe Facecrook marketplace are the best to give them away.

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      I went to the tip yesterday....half the load was plastic flower pots from nurseries 😡

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    Surely allotment holders might like to start off plants in pots sometimes - some plants like dahlias or some veg might benefit from the additional protection of being a bit higher in a pot when they start growing - keep them away from snails a bit better perhaps. So some could go to allotment societies. I believe a lot of plants are now in taupe coloured pots (or any colour except black) which I understand can be recycled by councils and 'seen' by their machinery, I think that has been the whole point of changing the colour from black. I know some are still black though. 

  • A garden centre near Padstow in Cornwall runs a permanent pot amnesty. They collect pots in a skip and send them off to a company that recycles them into kayaks. Could be worth checking if others do a similar scheme.

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