Commercial nursery, Wyevale is introducing recyclable plant pots for all its retail plants. This will allow customers to recycle them kerbside.
In 2019 Wyevale Nurseries will be replacing its black plastic pots for taupe coloured pots, supplied by Aeroplas, to fight the war on plastic.
Steve Reed, production director of the Container Division at Wyevale Nurseries, explained:
“The taupe coloured plant pots are coming in next year for our retail plants and we plan to use more than 700,000 of the new recyclable pots.
“There will be a big overlap for customers as everything we have potted this year is in black pots. But, by autumn 2019 most of our stock will be available in taupe pots to retailers.
“The general public can then recycle the taupe pots kerbside with other household waste, which has not been possible before. The black pots would previously end up in landfill because they contain carbon black pigment. The new taupe pots are carbon black pigment free polypropylene. This is identifiable by near infrared (NIR) analysis.
“The recyclable plant pots are part of an industry initiative led by representatives from the HTA and UK growers. It’s great to see many growers’ backing the taupe pot. We’re keen to look at the other ways we use plastic within the company to further improve our green credentials.”
A3 Correx Boards
The team at Wyevale Nurseries are also interested to see if there’s an alternative to their A3 correx boards. They supply this as part of their retail promotions.
Steve adds: “We want to hear from our customers about the correx boards. It would be good to know if they really help generate more sales or if a small bed card would have the same effect. Our plan is to find a better substitute for the boards, which means there is then less waste. We welcome any feedback from our customers on the topic of our correx boards.”
Currently, Wyevale Nurseries uses plant labels from Floramedia and these are recyclable via the kerbside collection.
The nursery’s main business is to supply landscape contractors, local authorities and foresters. It offers a comprehensive array of trees, shrubs, hedging, herbaceous and specimen plants.