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Meadowdale Nurseries & Garden Centre


Rob Anderson is Business Partner at Meadowdale Nurseries & Garden Centre in Llantwit Major, near Telford


Whereabouts does recycling figure on your centre’s list of priorities in order to comply with national initiatives? On the subject of recycling I think everyone needs to do their bit. As a small business we are not tied into the legislation complied with by the big boys, but we still recognise that we have obligations.


How is wastage from your plant area managed? Obviously we don’t like to see too much wastage and generally manage to keep this to a minimum. If however, we do lose some plants, we get the pots/ trays emptied as soon as possible.


Country Cabin Retail Centre


Jean Phillips is joint owner of the Country Cabin Retail Centre in Staffordshire


Whereabouts does recycling figure on your centre’s list of priorities in order to comply with national initiatives? Recycling features quite high. Being only a retail outlet we try and limit the amount the amount of waste produced.


How is wastage from your plant area managed? Plant, peat and other waste is composted along with


farm manure and spread on the farm land.


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


How do you dispose of used plastic pots and packaging? Plastic pots are sterilised and reused, cardboard and other packaging are sent to be baled.


Are you able to provide customers advice on the subject of recycling their used garden materials? Yes.


What changes would you like to see in general to assist with the issue of recycling and the environment? We would like to see recycling centres more readily available and cheaper.


Do you split your recycling programme in terms of organic/non- organic waste? Like many small garden centres we have a compost heap and as soon as the plant material is separated from the pots, trays and labels, this is where it goes.


How do you dispose of used plastic pots and packaging? We find that a lot of the cardboard boxes and plastic carry trays can be reused, particularly for customers who want something to carry their plants home in. Many of our suppliers are smaller growers and they are also happy to take back carry trays the next time they


deliver. Cardboard never seems to be a problem as there are several recycling firms who will gladly take it away. Black plastic can be a bit trickier and sometimes it has to go in the commercial wheelie bin.


Are you able to provide customers advice on the subject of recycling their used garden materials? In the Telford area the recycling contract will shortly be fulfilled by Veolia and from April 1 there will be a new purple top wheelie bin which will take all plastics including black. We are always happy to advise on the composting of organic waste.


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