Kingfisher chief executive chief executive Sir Ian Cheshire has again claimed that polystyrene bedding packaging is not recyclable, despite its B&Q business having a polystyrene recycling scheme running from its own headquarters near Southampton.
B&Q has introduced APET packaging with 'teabag technology' for new coir-based bedding plants grown by Coletta & Tyson.
Cheshire said of the old polystyrene packs: "They were totally unrecyclable and they clogged up customers’ bins."
Styropack said polystyrene is 100 per cent recyclable, including at B&Q's facility, adding: "Styropack currently runs a free recycling scheme for B&Q at their headquarters in Southampton. We collect their polystyrene and recycle it – either back into packaging, into insulation or it is recycled back into a clean feedstock."
B&Q said its new biodegradable product is an advance on old technology.