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Environment & Sustainability

 

Recycling at Whitehall

Whitehall Garden Centres offer a range of products and services to allow our customers to recycle their horticultural waste.

Customer Recycling Facilities

Whitehall offers the following recycling facilities for its customers:
1. New Taupe coloured pots for home recycling (please see below)
2. Battery recycling bins which are available by the exit doors.
3. Whitehall sells compost bins for home recycling of food and garden waste.
4. Whitehall encourages the use of cardboard boxes to carry goods to the car which can then be recycled at home.
5. Carrier bags are charged at 5 pence each with proceeds donated to Greenfingers Charity (Click to view website – external link)

Company Recycling Policy

Whitehall carry out the following recycling operations in conjunction with Wiltshire Waste & Hills Waste Management:
1. All of our plant waste is sent to be recycled into compost.
2. Hard plastic is segregated and recycled as extruded plastic.
3. Cardboard and paper waste is collected in separate skips to be recycled.
4. All our food waste is sent to an anaerobic digester at Avonmouth to be converted into electricity.
5. All bottles and tins are recycled separately.
6. Metal and wood are collected and sent for reprocessing.
7. In conclusion, Whitehall are currently recycling 80% of the waste produced at all of our centres.

Sustainability

1. We have installed two Biomass boilers at Lacock using wood pellets to generate our heating & hot water which reduces the use of fossil fuels. It is estimated that this saves up to 110 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.
2. We’ve reduced our energy consumption up to 45% by using a combination of low voltage and LED lights following a replacement of all fittings in 2015 at our Lacock Store.

Peat Free Alternatives

We now stock Peat-Free, Peat-Reduced & Organic Peat-Free Multipurpose composts in all of our centres. 

Click the images below for downloadable information on our Peat Free composts.

 

Catering Food Takeaway Disposables

Home Delivery

New Kerbside Recyclable Pots

Whitehall Garden Centre is constantly exploring sustainable alternatives to single use plastic within our business. Our latest step in this endeavour is the phasing in of the new ‘taupe kerbside recyclable plant pot’ across Whitehall Garden Centres, replacing the old black plastic pot.

Working alongside our own growers on this joint industry initiative, this new taupe-coloured recyclable pot, developed by Aeroplas, is a step towards combatting plastics in horticulture.

The Pot Developers

Aeroplas UK Ltd are manufacturers in shrub containers, thermo pots, transport trays, bedding plant pack packs, coat hangers, glasses, tumblers, trays and plates, and have been manufacturing in the industry for over 20 years. They have worked with numerous raw material suppliers to provide a range of colours which are carbon free, which means they can be collected as part of home recycling schemes.

Their eco pots are manufactured from recycled materials, which can be reliably identified in waste sorting sites, the material extracted during the recycling process can be reused to manufacture other plastic goods.

Recyclable Pot Credentials

Aeroplas UK Ltd is a long-standing member of RECOUP, the plastics recycling charity, and the UK’s leading authority on plastics waste and resource management, providing expertise and guidance.

The recyclable pots, which our growers will be phasing in from 2019, were tested by RECOUP on high-tech NIR detection systems in December 2017.The samples tested were of eight different colours and all samples were 100% correctly identified as Polypropylene, perfect for kerbside recycling.

Advantages of recyclable plant pots:

 

Horticulture Industry Facts

Why Gardening is good!

Plastics

Peat

Plant Health

Consumer Guidance Further Reading

Please Click on the images below to view downloadable documents from The HTA (Horticultural Trade Association) on Plant Health, Plastics and Peat.

 

Reviewing Our Policy

Whitehall conforms to the “Waste Packaging Regulations” in which we carry out an exercise to determine the amount or materials that must be recycled annually.