Design and recycling company Ashortwalk have launched a UK-wide plant pot recycling scheme.
The company designs and makes home and garden products from recycled coffee cups.
Their new pot recycling scheme aims to take some of the UK's five million redundant pots and turn them into new garden products.
Ashortwalk's plan is for gardeners to drop unwanted pots at garden centres or nurseries. The company will collect the pots and melt them down into malleable pellets before making them into new products.
Company founder Dan Dicker said: "By turning old pots back into new products the ‘Pot to Product’ scheme offers people a rare chance to participate in a full, closed loop recycling process. Recycling is only truly complete once you re-use that same material. That very same plant pot you recycled at your local garden centre last month is now back in the same store as a bird feeder, an outdoor clock or even a house sign."
The website www.ashortwalk.com lists 100 participating garden centres. Retailers can sign up for free if they offer ashortwalk's range of garden products next to the collection bin. These include plant hangers and bird feeders.
The company supplies John Lewis, Amnesty International, The Garden Centre Group, Oxfam, Homebase, National Trust, Crate and Barrel and 500 independent shops in the UK.