May is traditionally the month when gardeners roll up their sleeves and get down to the serious business of transforming their plot – however big or small.
This year, the Re-use Revolution is coming to gardening. Instead of buying new plant pots and garden furniture, more and more people are helping the planet by being creative and re-using what they already have.
A little imagination can breathe new life into old pots, pans, tins, plates and bowls as plant pots. Instead of buying new, charity shops often have second-hand garden furniture for sale, and timber for decking, borders or other features can be sourced from reclamation yards.
Many gardening tools can be hired or borrowed instead of bought. Lollipop sticks make good plant markers, toilet roll tubes can be used for propagating plants, plastic packaging from fruit and vegetables can make useful seed trays and plastic bottles can be converted into sprinklers or watering systems.
Gardening is the latest target in the Re-use Revolution campaign being run by the Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham (BDR) Waste Partnership and Renewi, the firm behind the household waste treatment facility at Manvers.
The aim is to encourage people across South Yorkshire to help the environment by recycling and reducing waste as much as possible.
Community Education Liaison Officer, Abi Cox, who is based at Manvers, is calling on garden lovers to join the Re-use Revolution and do their bit for the planet.
“Covid has shown just how important gardens are for people lucky enough to have them, and there are lots of ways to make them a little ‘greener’, she said. “Watch out for helpful tips and ideas on the wasteless-sy.co.uk website all this month and on social media.”
The award-winning waste treatment facility at Manvers processes around a quarter of a million tonnes of leftover waste a year from 340,000 homes across Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham, turning it into useful products rather than sending it to landfill.