Integrated waste management offered to retailers

SWR is offering integrated waste management specifically designed for garden centres, which are producing more waste than ever, according to the Hampshire-based company.

The company claimed that garden centres generate a wider range of waste streams than other types of retailers, producing plant waste, plant pots, chemicals and compost, metals, wood, food waste, plastics and card.

SWR chief executive Giles Whiteley said few companies are set up to handle the variety of waste generated from garden centres. He added: "So much of this varied waste just ends up being dumped in landfill sites rather than being recycled or disposed of in a more sustainable way."

Whiteley said customers' high expectations of greenness compounds the problem. This all leads to expense and time spent dealing with multiple waste contractors.

Whiteley says he has pioneered a "simple" system for garden centres. He explained: "Once we've assessed the waste that each garden centre produces, we draw up a waste plan to suit. We use our extensive network of contractors around the UK to offer the best mix of capabilities for each site.

"Not only do our customers have a single point of contact for their waste issues, but they receive help in other ways. For example, where customers have implemented cardboard and plastic balers, SWR has been able to generate revenue for customers, which offsets some of their waste bill."

When the waste has been dealt with, the garden centre receives one monthly invoice that covers all the waste types.

Following on from that, SWR will produce recycling reports that can be used for PR purposes, to very good effect, and in the garden centre's marketing materials.

SWR, which works with 100 centres, is also able to provide garden centre staff training in waste management.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

Garden centre profile: Hulme Community Garden Centre, Manchester

Garden centre profile: Hulme Community Garden Centre, Manchester

High environmental standards, community work and support for local suppliers are all lessons for the wider garden retail industry, Matthew Appleby discovers.

How can garden centres reduce plastic use?

How can garden centres reduce plastic use?

Garden retailers are under pressure to use less plastic as the Government's new 25-year environment plan seeks to introduce a wave of measures to reduce pollution.

Will peat use be taxed or banned?

Will peat use be taxed or banned?

The Government has made strong statements on peat reduction in its new 25-year environment plan, published in January.

Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Horticulture Week Top 100 GARDEN CENTRES 2017

See our exclusive ranking of garden centre performance by annual turnover. 

Garden Centre Prices

Peter Seabrook

Inspiration and insight from travels around the horticultural world

Read more Peter Seabrook articles

Neville Stein

Business advice from Neville Stein, MD of business consultancy Ovation

Read latest articles