NY98028 - Desk Audit of Waste Plastic

The aim of this project is to determine the potential for recycling plastic in the Australian Nursery Industry. This study was based in NSW and examined production, retails, and production/retail nurseries across three geographical locations. To achieve this objective is was necessary to undertake an audit of waste plastic and its disposal. This audit was carried out via a mail questionnaire to a sample of 300 nurseries.  The economic analysis indicates that whilst the cheapest option is to send pots to landfill, the extra cost of recycling is no great, and could be covered by a small increase in plant sales. The Recycling model assumes that the customers return the used pots to the nursery and these then go to a central depot in the capital city. The consequences and importance of these options are outlined throughout this report.