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PLANTAREA Q&A GarTrelawneyden Leisure

Peter Burks is previously GCA Chairman and General Manager for Trelawney Garden Leisure. Peter oversees the running of Trelawney at Wadebridge in Cornwall and Trelawney at Ashford in North Devon

bale your cardboard and plastic you can sell it.

How is wastage from your plant area managed? We have a policy of zero waste from the plant area which means selling things at a tempting price as they deteriorate so nothing goes in the bin.

Whereabouts does recycling figure on your centre’s list of priorities in order to comply with national initiatives? We take recycling very seriously for three reasons: 1. Our customers expect us to be doing it because they take the issue very seriously.

2. 3.

It’s an ethical thing that all staff want to be doing too.

It makes financial sense, a complete no brainer. It costs money to chuck things in skips, if you

Do you split your recycling programme in terms of organic/non-organic waste? Yes what green waste we do create e.g. green waste from the kitchens, prunings and grass cuttings, dead leaves and weeds from the planteria all go in a large compost heap. Other waste gets segregated into as many categories as we need to be able to get it recycled.

How do you dispose of used plastic pots and packaging (cardboard etc)? Plastic pots and trays are collected by a company that

turns them into other saleable goods e.g. clocks. Plastic and cardboard currently go into separate skips and are taken away free of charge.

Are you able to provide customers advice on the subject of recycling their used garden materials? We do encourage our customers to recycle too. We can advise on where they can take items to recycle and we have held amnesty days where customers can return pots and trays to us and we recycle them.

What changes would you like to see in general to assist with the issue of recycling and the environment? It would be good if we could get someone to accept food waste for recycling. Some grants for balers would be helpful as they are very expensive which makes baling card and plastic unrealistic for small garden centres.

This month, Garden Centre Retail sent Phil Evans to talk to five garden centres about what they do with their plant wastage and discuss their views on organic recycling

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