Dobbies launches plastic pot and tray return service to do their bit for the planet

Nation's leading garden centre joins the fight against plastics heading to landfill

This week sees Dobbies recycling flower pots. The leading garden centre is taking action, to help do their bit on the fight against plastic waste.

The well deserved bad press of late surrounding plastic pollution, is raising awareness of the plight. Plastic is filling our oceans and slowly destroying the planet. Making us ask ourselves, how can we do more?

Dobbies have introduced a new free plastic plant pot and tray return service. Making our gardening habits a little bit more eco-friendly.

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flower pot with grass and wood

(Image credit: Dobbies)

The garden supremos are leading the way by encouraging customers to drop off any old plastic plant pots and trays – ensuring they are recycled and don’t end up in landfill.

After a quick rinse to make them ready to recycle, customers can take all plastic pots and trays of all shapes, sizes and colours in to their local Dobbies Garden Centre.

They will be taken and correctly disposed of as long as they’re plastic and not polystyrene – and then they can be dropped off at the allocated return point based in each garden centre.

exterior of house with pink door brick walls and potted plants

(Image credit: Dobbies)

‘Our ethos goes beyond providing the best garden products, service and advice,' says Marcus Eyles, Horticultural Director at Dobbies Garden Centres.

'We make it our number one priority to be responsible and care for our environment. Our pot and tray return service is a huge step in the right direction on reducing the environmental impact and a sustainable approach for the future.’

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Let's hope this plants the seed for change for many other retailers using plastics.

If we all do a little, it can amount to a lot. Now is the time to make the small changes that can make a big difference in the long term.


Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.