Choice Marketing garden centres to phase out black plastic plant pots

With black plastic plant pots deemed unrecyclable, a garden centre buying group has decided to stop selling plants grown in them.

Choice Marketing plant group chairman Ken Cox says all 45 Choice garden centre members are to phase out black plastic plant pots by the end of 2020.

Cox, of Glendoick Gardens in Perthshire, said: “Tree, shrub, perennial plant suppliers have undertaken to phase out black and move to recyclable as their black pot stocks are depleted. It does not make any sense to dump the black pots, which are made of recycled materials. So  gradually and by the end of 2020 there should be few black pots left.”

A group of growers introduced taupe plastic pots in 2018. Councils have been slow to begin to recycle them, though Choice member Will Blake of St Peter's Garden Centre in Worcester did persuade Severn Waste to take non-black pots from councils in Hereford and Worcestershire.

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