This week marked a significant change in the potting shed at The Bransford Webbs Plant Company, with the first of the new taupe pots being used for potting. The taupe pots will begin appearing in garden centres over the next few months. We will be replacing black plastic pots for all new crops.
The new taupe plastic pot is carbon black free, recycled polypropylene that can be identified by near infrared (NIR) and consequently recycled through kerbside recycling schemes, thus allowing the consumer to dispose of their pots to be recycled in a way that has not been possible before now. Re-education of the consumer is paramount to ensure the message is conveyed that these pots can be very easily recycled.
“The introduction of kerbside recyclable pots is a major step forward for the industry”, commented David Chilvers, Sales Manger, who has been an integral part of the industry initiative to replace black plastic pots. “The joined up approach across nurseries to select taupe as a standard colour will help the consumer to clearly identify the change in plastic pots to those that can be recycled”.