Specifying the use of recycled content in landscaping will help to meet corporate objectives on sustainability, and may even help to win tenders. Examples of products and applications:
- BSI PAS 100 compost derived from garden waste which can be used for soil improvement, turf establishment and repair, top dressing, planting, topsoil manufacturing, or as a mulch, Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS), soil erosion, slope stability, flood eleviation and green roofs;
- recycled plastic which can be used in a variety of general landscaping applications including walkways, outdoor furniture, fencing, and leisure applications such as sports pitch surrounds and surfaces, stabling, golf tees, sports rebound boards and skateboard ramps;
- recycled woodchip which can be used as a surfacing material or as natural and decorative mulch;
- processed sand made using 100% recycled glass which can be used as top dressing and in root zone construction; and
- recycled glass which is available in a range of colours as a decorative surfacing material for use in garden designs, water features, and planting areas;
- recycled aggregates which can be used for roadside pipe bedding and filter (French) drains.
- recycled rubber which can be used within surfacing applications, within planting schemes as a mulch or a turf additive, and also (as whole tyres) on larger scale landscaping projects.
Video - Creating green landscapes with manufactured topsoil
This 5 minute video discusses the various options available to contractors in meeting a landscape project’s topsoil deficit and highlights the importance of sourcing quality manufactured topsoil that meets the British Standard for topsoil (BS3882:2007). The video discusses the benefits of using a manufactured topsoil made with BSI PAS100 compost and features the Jubilee Gardens, London where bespoke manufactured topsoils were successfully used.
Designing out Waste
WRAP's Designing out Waste: landscape opportunities guide presents a range of opportunities reducing waste in landscape projects.
A roof of a building that is partially or completely covered with vegetation and a growing medium, planted over a waterproofing membrane.