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Does anyone have the same problem as me?image - compost bags are made from very sturdy plastic, as are the bags for grit and gravel.  How can I recycle them as my local recycling centre doesn't do this.  I've a mound of them and would prefer they didn't go to landfill?  Cheers


  • What about growing things in them? if you have lots of drainage holes in the bottom and sides of them I'm sure they would be ok image

  • I use them to put weeds in - have to get down on a kneeler now and usually drag the bag around with me.  Then I can put weed collection straight into the garden recycling bin. 

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,837

    Isn't it crazy-not being able to re cycle them! image

    I've sometimes used them to line clay pots or for small areas where you want to prevent weeds and are putting gravel or bark on top. I pierce them well with the fork first.

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,384

    I also use them for lining pots and planters as well as the trenches in the greenhouse. I've also turned them inside out to hide the labels and used them for planting spuds and toms, but even all of that only recycles about 10% of them so I agree it's a problem.  There must be a way to commercially recycle all types of plastic bag I would have thought.  A chance for someone to make a few million with the right idea?! image

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Anyone with horses are always welcome for these bags as they use them to scoop up the horse poo and put the bags outside the gates to their fields for passer-bys to pick up.  They always ask for them back as they can never have enough of them.

    It maybe worth popping them in the boot of your car whilst your out and about if you see a field with horses and bags of horse poo - just drop the bags off (make sure they are secured i.e. wedge them into a gate or something to stop them blowing away). image


  • Thanks for your thoughts and some good ideas, several of which I can certainly use.  I thought until rencetly that those in the farming/animal communiies also had to send theirs for landfill, but there are commercial contracts for farmers to have their bale coverings etc., taken away, sometimes on an annual basis - its a shame they don't pitch up in local communities for a short time even annually, to pick peoples up too.   


  • guykp57guykp57 Posts: 4

    I turn mine inside out then fill with grass cuttings, place in nice warm corner of the garden and wait till they rot down, pierce hole in bottom and let liquid drain into container and its perfect liquid fertilser..beware the smell is disgusting but plants love the liquid. make sure you well water it down.

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