For a while we reused them ourselves in our growing nurseries – but sadly this isn’t possible now. Some customers use chemicals such as fertilizers and pesticides, or the pots may be used for other purposes than plants – and we just can’t take the risk of contaminating our home-grown plants. We would have to completely sanitise them to reuse them – and we don’t currently have the capacity.
So we looked around at the other options available – and decided to team up with a local zero to landfill service, Devon Contract Waste (DCW). Any pots that aren’t taken for reuse or are broken are collected, including any of our own pots that we can’t use again.
The pots and trays go to DCW Polymers to be sorted before being processed into granules. This specialist plastics recycling and reprocessing plant is based in Exeter, allowing plastics to be recycled in-house by DCW. This in turn helps to reduce the need for virgin plastic products to be manufactured.
The plastic granules are sent to manufacturers here in the UK and overseas where they are used to make new products such as furniture, window frames, fencing, decking – and even dog agility equipment! So someone, somewhere, will be using a product made from your old plant pots and trays.