The move, which will force all growers to use recyclable plastic pot trays, is part of the 123-centre chain’s Plan Apple sustainable development plan.
It follows the banning of selling patio heaters this Easter and introducing bins to recycle pots returned by customers, which Wyevale sustainability director Dr Alan Knight rolled out to all its centres today at its Bicester flagship store.
Wyevale owner Sir Tom Hunter and his new CEO Nicholas Marshall, appointed last week, were at the launch. Former chairman and CEO Jim Hodkinson was not there despite having written the foreword to the new Plan Apple report, suggesting his departure was more sudden than Wyevale is admitting.
Knight said: Plastic plant pots are the garden centre world’s equivalent of the plastic carrier bag. As the UK’s largest garden centre chain, Wyevale is determined to lead the industry in highlighting the problem - and in doing something about it.
Wyevale was the first to phase out patio heaters and now we’re the first to give customers the opportunity to dispose of their plastic plant pots responsibly.
Knight also outlined ten areas where environmental and social trends overlap with the concerns of garden centres. These form the backbone of Plan Apple.
- Rediscovering our local community
- Connecting with the source of our food
- Working with nature
- Encouraging carbon positive gardening
- Ensuring our supply chain benefits everyone
- Protecting our endangered forests
- Towards peat-free gardening
- Using less water
- Towards zero waste
- Inspiring personal well-being and sustainable lifestyle