The Pot Mountain Behind The Shed


Do you have a plastic plant pot mountain to dispose of? Every trip to the garden centre and plant stall seems to result in some plastic plant pots coming home. You might keep a few for reuse, and that often turns into a small pile and then a large pile, hiding behind the greenhouse or shed.

Landfill is the easy option to dispose of them. But with a growing concern about plastics in the environment we all need to do our bit to reduce plastic consumption. Most of the plants we buy come in a plastic pot or tray and it’s hard to know how to get rid of them.
Reuse is certainly the best option, cleaning and stacking carefully for the following year. But you will probably still end up with more than you can use, and many hard plastic pots are not easily recyclable – in Hampshire anyway. Clayland’s Road recycling site has a sign “no plastic plant pots, put them in the household bin”.

This is because most plant pots are made from a range of plastics, and although many types can be recycled in theory, it often needs expensive processes and machinery. Black pots are especially difficult, because the automated recycling technology uses light to sense plastics, and just can’t detect black plastic.

Bishop’s Waltham Gardening Club has been giving this some thought. It is organising a one-off recycling collection of plastic gardening pots this Autumn for local residents whether they are members of the Club or not. We will arrange for the pots collected to be recycled with Ecogen ( in Alresford who can accept most plastic pots and plant trays for recycling, including difficult ‘black’ plastic pots and trays.

Anyone in Bishop’s Waltham area who has a pot mountain (or just a few pots) is invited to bring their unwanted plastic pots and trays to:
The Allotment Shed, Albany Road, SO32 1BY on Saturday and Sunday mornings between 10.00am and 12.00 in September and October.
We will then arrange for them to be recycled by Ecogen in November.

Please don’t bring other pots or ones that have an incorrect code or no code. Also, do not leave pots outside the Shed when it is shut.

This initiative will cost you nothing except a little of your time and thought.

However, we do need you to do a bit of the work too!

  1. Select the pots you no longer want.
  2. You now need to sort out the ones suitable for recycling. Here’s how: Look at the bottom of them. If they have PP or PS codes (see below) on them Ecogen can take them.

If they have PET(E) on them they will have to go in your household (black) waste bin.
The flimsy ones that tear easily can also go to Ecogen.

Colours other than black that are not PET(E) can go to Ecogen.

If there is no code and they are not black flimsy pots or trays then they will have to go in your household waste (black) bin if they are black but in your recycling (green) bin if they are any other colour.

  1. Clean the ones you are bringing to us for recycling with Ecogen

Any queries?
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