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Haskins Garden Centre


Nick Joad is General Manager at Haskins Garden Centre at Roundstone, Angmering


Whereabouts does recycling figure on your centre’s list of priorities in order to comply with national initiatives? It is a key priority for the business. We like to ensure a minimum amount enters general waste and landfill. We are looking into food waste initiatives as well.


How is wastage from your plant area managed? All of our plant wastage is separated from general waste in order to ensure that it doesn’t just go into landfill.


Do you split your recycling programme in terms of organic/non- organic waste? Yes, all our waste is separated into correct waste streams.


How do you dispose of used plastic pots and packaging? Our centre’s plastic pots and cardboard are baled and recycled accordingly. We offer a scheme for customers to drop off their used plastic pots to the centre, which are also recycled and collected to be used in products we now sell.


Hawley Garden Centre


Jan East is Director at Hawley Garden Centre in Sussex


Whereabouts does recycling figure on your centre’s list of priorities in order to comply with national initiatives? Recycling always figures high on our list of priorities and has done so for many years. We also harvest and re-use rain water throughout the site.


How is wastage from your plant area managed? Fortunately we don’t get much, but on the rare occasion we do, it is composted down and then spread over our field.


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Do you split your recycling programme in terms of organic/non- organic waste? Yes.


How do you dispose of used plastic pots and packaging? Unless the plastic pot is damaged we sterilise and re-use them. Small cardboard boxes are used for our customer ‘carry to the car’ service. Large cardboard boxes are re- used for packaging for our internet sales.


Are you able to provide customers advice on the subject of recycling their used garden materials? Yes, we always encourage customers to compost, mulch etc.


What changes would you like to see in general to assist with the issue of recycling and the environment? We’d like to see recycling companies that run a collection service reduce the amount needed in order to be collected. This would mean we could have smaller amounts collected more often, so we wouldn’t have to store it for so long.


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Are you able to provide customers advice on the subject of recycling their used garden materials? Most customers are now expected to recycle as part of their domestic waste situation. However, we do offer advice as well as the option to recycle plastic pots and polystyrene.


What changes would you like to see in general to assist with the issue of recycling and the environment? There needs to be more consistency across all industries, and I think garden centres have a very good approach to recycling and the environment.


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