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Re-cycling plastic

In an attempt to make use of the 4 pint milk cartons, I decided to cut the tops off, put holes in the bottom & grow my peppers in them.

Peppers seem to be growing ok though, but am I doing anything to hinder the growth of these & other veg, plants etc if I use this method in the future?


  • LynLyn Posts: 21,896
    Those plants should be in buckets by now,  so we’ll hindered. Milk bottle idea is good when you pot on from seed. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • wild edgeswild edges Posts: 9,360
    Milk bottles are easily recycled, plant pots aren't. If you want to save plastic find some second hand plant pots rather than use anything else. Once the milk bottle have become too brittle to use in the garden I doubt they'll be fit to recycle. Freecycle normally has plenty of plastic pots on offer.
    Tradition is just peer pressure from dead people
  • Thank you Lyn & wild edges for your responses. Points noted.
  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,952
    Where is the U.K. sending it's plastics for recycling, now that China has stopped taking the majority of it?  In Utah, many of the recycling programs have been stopped, as they have such a current backlog of recycling filling their warehouses.. and no one to sell it to.  
    Utah, USA.
  • SkandiSkandi Posts: 1,674
    Well I know that the heating round here (Northern Denmark) runs on Scottish rubbish. we import it to burn.
  • LynLyn Posts: 21,896
    There’s a link  showing what they do with plastic. I know they make enviromesh out of milk bottles.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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