Recycling at Whitehall
Whitehall Garden Centre offers 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.
Company Recycling Policy
Whitehall carry out the following recycling operations in conjunction with Wiltshire Waste:
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 Avon Mouth to be converted into electricity.
5. All bottles and tins are recycled separately.
6. Metal and wood are collected and sent for reprocessing.
7. We have installed a Biomass boiler on site which reduces the use of fossil fuels. It is estimated that it saves up to 110 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.
8. 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.
9. 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.
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:
- The raw material cycle is a closed loop which means it can be re-used to manufacture other goods.
- Recycling conserves energy and natural resources.
- Recycling cuts down on the amount of waste in landfill sites.
- Reduction in pollution.
- Can be recycled in your household recycling
- Although nearly 76% of Local Authorities currently collect pots, tubs and trays as part of their recycling schemes, few collect black plant pots.
- Black plant pots contain black carbon pigment which absorbs infra-red from detection systems, hindering recycling.
- The new taupe coloured pot is carbon black-free, recycled polypropylene that can be identified by near infrared (NIR) and consequently recycled through kerbside recycling schemes. This allows the consumer to dispose of their pots to be recycled in a way that has not been possible before now.