Introduction of grey recyclable potting at Hill and Sons
From Spring 2020, Hill and Sons have introduced new grey recyclable pots into their production streams. These new Thermoform pots, supplied by leading pot suppliers Modiform, are already in use on the nursery, with all 1.5 litre, 2 litre and 3 litre potting now in the new grey containers. "Closing the material loop" is a long term commitment of Hills with their suppliers. Traditionally, waste processing plants have been unable to accept black pots from nurseries and garden centres as their carbon black colour renders them undetectable by the infra-red sensors and therefore cannot be channelled into recycling material.
Grey is the new black in potting
The new grey pots are easily detectable in the processing of waste. This means they can be returned in domestic bins, recycled back into the supply chain for reuse, reducing unnecessary waste and minimising the dependence on single-use plastics.