One Year On… The progress with recyclable pots

The latest meeting of the Nursery Working Group demonstrated the substantial progress made by the industry towards the adoption of kerbside recyclable non-black plant pots.

Growers attending the meeting reported that they have all moved away from using black pots. They have either switched all production to non-black recyclable pots or are on track to do so for 2020.

There have been no reports of any issues with growing in the recyclable replacements. They have been well received by customers and consumers alike.

The Nursery Working Group was established following last year’s National Plant Show. Following discussions with pot manufacturers the move was made to grow in a recyclable, carbon black pigment free polypropylene pot. With the taupe pot being adopted as the industry standard colour.

The Group and the HTA have been working with RECOUP (RECycling of Used Plastics Limited) and LARAC (Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee).

HTA Policy Executive Sally Cullimore will be presenting an update on plastics in horticulture in two seminar sessions at the HTA National Plant Show on 18/19 June. There will also be a recyclable pot feature area where further information will be available.

Nursery Working Group members include:

– Allensmore Nurseries

-Binstead Nurseries

– Darby Nursery Stock

-Double H Nurseries

-Farplants Group

-Hillier Nurseries

-Hills Plants

– Johnsons of Whixley

– Lovania Nurseries

-New Leaf Plants

-Porters Fuchsias

-The Bransford Webbs Plant Company

– Wyevale Nurseries.

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