Dobbies in Southport has launched a new initiative which means local residents can now recycle their compost bags. 

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. Research undertaken by Dobbies has shown that 37% of gardeners in the North West want to recycle more of their garden waste products and 35% of people are more likely to shop at a garden centre that is sustainably focused, and now waste aware gardeners can recycle their compost bag at their local Dobbies’ store in Southport.   

Marcus Eyles, Horticultural Director at Dobbies, said, “With this scheme, anyone can bring in any compost packaging to Dobbies Southport, no matter what brand or where it was purchased, and return it to one of the recycling bins. 

“We wanted to ensure gardeners across Southport had the opportunity to dispose of their compost packaging in a sustainable way.” 

Dobbies, which has a store on on Benthams Way in Southport, 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 Southport. We had a trial with 10 stores to develop a collection programme that will work across all stores. We hope residents in Southport 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 Southport. This will help reduce unnecessary plastic waste in the garden and prevent further plastic waste ending up in landfill. 

Follow and support Dobbies sustainability campaign using the hashtag #sustainabledobbies 

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