The Loop

Sustainable packaging for the horticulture industry

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Together as an industry along with APCO, is about striving to increase closed loop packaging within the horticulture industry. The good news? We are already over halfway there. Due to industry decisions made in the past the horticulture industry uses PP5 for a majority of its tags, pots and stakes.

Polypropylene is what could be considered a fantastic plastic!  One that can be recycled over and over again provided the right systems are in place.

How do we achieve this? Well we need a little help from everybody.  If all of the PP5 plastic is collected at a central point we can turn it back into the products that you love, use and need. We can create pots and eventually tags from recycled post-consumer product and stop more imported plastics ending up in Australian landfill. Flower Power have all ready put up their hand and are in the process of putting in recycling bins at all their stores. Other industry memebers are looking at their own facitities  in order to see what contributions they can make.

Norwood along with GCP are leading the charge, pushing this initiative with support from Greenlife Industry Australia to encourage government organisations to help the nursery industry strive for success and sustainability in the long term.

The Goal

As companies, and as an interconnected network of participants in the ornamental horticulture industry, we declare our unified commitment to help create a closed loop for plastic materials used in horticultural plant packaging across Australia.

Recognising the economy, suitability and repeated recyclability of Polypropylene (PP) as a packaging material, we work and will continue to work towards industry harmony in the use of PP as the preferred material for plastic packaging in ornamental horticulture, labelling and distribution systems, to enable an industry-wide closed loop packaging system for ornamental horticulture.

We will tell the story behind our choices to our supply chain and to our customers and encourage active participation in existing and future recycling programs, to improve recovery and reprocessing of PP packaging materials. 

We will help to improve plastics recovery, build domestic plastic processing capacity, keep recyclable plastics out of landfill and drive increased use of recycled plastics in ornamental horticulture packaging, in support of the 2025 National Packaging Targets.


Recycling Process



Check your product for the pp5 logo
• For tags look at the base.
• For pots check the bottom.



Remove all excess soil on pots and tags so they are as clean as possible.



• Stack pots as best you can
• Place loose tags in the bin

  1. Norwood and GCP print tags and make pots out of PP5.
  2. Consumer buys product with the PP5 pot and tag.
  3. Product is returned to a specific PP5 Recycling Bin. This can be at a supplier, retailer or any other approved location.
  4. Bin is picked up and taken to the recycler.
  5. Material is turned into grains ready to be injection moulded or sheeted
  6. Grains are returned to GCP and turned back into pots.
Norwood prints tags and GCP manufacture pots.
Consumer buys a plant.
The tags and pots can returned to PP5 Recycling Bin at a retail outlet.
The recycling bin is picked up and taken to the recyler.
The recycling is sorted and processed
The recycling is sent to Norwood and GCP to use. The Loop continues.