Dobbies Preston launches compost bag recycling scheme

Posted on - 12th June, 2022 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Preston News, Wildlife and Conservation
Dobbies’ compost bag recycling

Garden retailer Dobbies has launched a new initiative that will allow Preston residents to recycle their compost bags.


Compost packaging is difficult for people to recycle as few local authorities collect polythene sacks as part of their kerbside collections or at recycling centres.

Dobbies research has shown that 37 per cent of gardeners in the North West want to recycle more of their garden waste products.

And 35 per cent are more likely to shop at a sustainably focused garden centre, with gardeners now able to recycle at Dobbies Preston.

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Dobbies’ compost bag recycling

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

“We wanted to ensure gardeners across Preston had the opportunity to dispose of their compost packaging sustainably.”

Dobbies works with partners Evergreen Garden Care to create garden furniture from recycled material.

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They will donate the material to Greenfingers, a charity that creates green spaces for terminally ill children.  

The Sustainability Marketing Manager at Evergreen Garden Care, Jane Hartley, said: “We are delighted to be working in collaboration with Dobbies, rolling out the compost bag scheme across all mainline stores, including Preston.

“We had a trial with ten stores to develop a collection programme that will work across all stores.

“We hope residents in Preston make the most of this scheme.” 

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The compost bag recycling scheme follows other environmental initiatives, including a partnership with sustainable plant pot designer Elho.

It saw plastic pot recycling bins placed in 69 of Dobbies’ garden centres, including Preston.

Dobbies said this helps reduce unnecessary plastic waste in the garden and prevent plastic waste from ending in landfills.

You can follow and support Dobbies’ sustainability campaign using the hashtag #sustainabledobbies.

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