We work closely with Veolia (waste company) to ensure general waste is recycled, minimising the wastage that gets sent to landfill. All of our green waste is composted on site.
80% of wood is recycled by either being sent to our local recycling depot, most wooden pallets are returned to our suppliers to re-use and any excess or waste timber is used in our Biomass Heater to provide heat and hot water to The Mulberry Tree Restaurant and the Food Hall.
With the investment of a cardboard compacting machine in 2008 we are now able to recycle 93% of our cardboard waste. All of our cardboard (around 375 tonnes a year) is baled in our compactor and sent to a Kentish paper mill for recycling.
A FEW EXTRAS
Ruxley Manor recognises that the use of peat in growing media has a limited future; we feel it is essential to offer a peat-free option to limit the exploitation of new peat bogs. We are commited to be peat free by 2024.
We take an active role in encouraging our customers to recycle water in their gardens by offering a range of water-saving water butts.
We also have an on-site disposal of customers compost bags which are all picked up by a local supplier to be recycled. We also have a ground coffee recycling station in the Mulberry Tree Restaurant. Customers can help themselves to ground coffee which is great to add to composts piles or straight to the soil to use as a fertilizer.
Also in our Outdoor Plant Department we offer our plant trays to customers – a great bit of upcycling for planting out kinder plants.
Currently we are working with suppliers to introduce non-black pots in our outdoor plants department which are kerbside recyclable, black pots are currently non recyclable due to the carbon pigment they are made with. Working with our local councils we are making sure that our plant pots are kerbside recyclable and therefore are not a single use plastic within our business.
At present Ruxley Manor’s aim is to recycle as much as possible and to continue to reduce the amount that is sent to land fill sites.