Let’s have a little fun today with a growing problem. This initial modest posting is also going to grow and grow throughout the day… just as the towers of unused plastic plant pots do in our sheds, greenhouses, garages and various undisclosed parts of our gardens.
Once the research begins, in a challenge such as this, it can very quickly become addictive! Increasing numbers of tabs open new searches on the desktop and you’re visiting all around the world. The obvious searches I began with have lead me all the way back to my own shed… what fun this has been :-D
It's just past midnight as I post this (early for me of late) but just in case any other bloggers wish to join me I thought I'd kick this off now. So to the big question... do you know anywhere that reuses or recycles plastic plant pots?
Mr Linky is below for any postings or links you may wish to share. I've collected quite a few myself already, lots of ideas too and very much look forward to sharing them tomorrow. See you then :-D
Hello again… let’s start of this marathon! My first thoughts were to collect a list of places that recycle plastic plant pots roughly in my own area here in Scotland… mainly to garden centres I have visited. Last week, I chatted both by email and phone.
Based on this chat it I came across Stan at Growforth who is trialling a scheme in Scotland which, he tells me, needs to be a sustainable service to work. I'd like to wish you, and all the centres involved, every success with this Stan :-)
Stan made an excellent point too “We have found that as a consequence of having a high profile “bin” for pots that some customers are helping themselves which is great. So we have contacted our customers to suggest signage encouraging their customers to help themselves!”
At present, Stan is trialling this with New Hopetoun Gardens where Dougal told me “We have been looking to recycle pots for many years but opportunities have come and gone.” Growforth is using a good spread of size and type of centre including Merryhatton Garden Centre, Blacketyside Garden Centre and Highland Liliums. Links can be found to all centres below. The bin shown above was sited on leaving a Dobbies store.
Reuse is the absolute best way to recycle plastic plant pots in my book. My thanks go members of the BBC Message Board for their ideas on this and their links to garden centres operating recycling schemes in their local areas (listed below).
Top of the list for me on the re-use of pots must be growing on new plants through seed, cuttings and division in them to pass on to family and friends.
Using up pots for selling plants at local fetes, charities etc is brilliant too. Ah… but I loved this story shared by Nan on the message board: “There is an old chap who regularly has a plant stall at our local boot sale - his plants are really good and every so often I take him a bin liner full of pots and plastic trays.” That’s a thought now too, as is asking any garden clubs, schools or small nurseries (for plants or children) if they would like your surplus plastic pots.
Children could have great fun with used plastic plant pots like redecorating the outside in a variety of ways as gifts for Mums/Dads Grandparents… perhaps even planting bulbs in them.
Thinking on the coloured type they could use them as pencil pots (smaller than the one shown), cones for obstacle courses and homes for wildlife. Hey… how about a large paper mache balloon, thin wire and a soft toy or two to make a store for teddies! Oops… I’m getting carried away here now.
For the bigger kids (golfers ;-) perhaps turned on their side a variety of sizes could be used (based on skill level) to putt golf balls into! This is just one many excellent ideas for reuse in the posting by Colleen on 25 ways… listed in the link list below.