King's Lynn garden centre launches new initiative
An initiative has been launched in a garden centre allowing residents to recycle their compost bags.
Dobbies in Lynn will allow gardeners to recycle their compost bags after research undertaken by the company has shown that 37 per cent of gardeners in East Anglia want to recycle more of their garden waste products and 36 per cent of people are more likely to shop at a garden centre that is sustainably focused.
Compost packaging is typically difficult for people to recycle as very few local authorities collect polythene sacks as part of kerbside collections or at recycling centres.
Marcus Eyles, horticultural director at Dobbies, said: "With this scheme, anyone can bring in any compost packaging, no matter what brand or where it was purchased, and return it to one of the recycling bins.
"We wanted to ensure gardeners across West Norfolk had the opportunity to dispose of their compost packaging in a sustainable way."
Dobbies is working with partners Evergreen Garden Care, to create garden furniture from the recycled material.
This will be donated to Greenfingers, a charity that creates green spaces for terminally ill children.
Jane Hartley, sustainability marketing manager, Evergreen Garden Care said: "We are delighted to be working in collaboration with Dobbies, rolling out the compost bag scheme across all mainline stores, including Lynn.
"We had a trial with 10 stores to develop a collection programme that will work across all stores.
"We hope residents in West Norfolk make the most of this scheme."
The compost bag recycling scheme follows other environmental initiatives, including a partnership with sustainable plant pot designer, elho.
This has seen plastic pot recycling bins placed in 69 of Dobbies garden centres, including in Lynn.
This will help reduce unnecessary plastic waste in the garden and prevent further plastic waste ending up in landfill.