Plastic garden pots and trays being recycled at the 2008 Gardener's Pot Swap recycling event at CCE-Tompkins.
Image by Sandy Repp

Garden pots destined for reuse/recycling.

Gardener's Pot Swap

For many years, the CCE-Tompkins' Horticulture Program has coordinated a "Pot Swap" in which gardeners and growers could bring their used pots in to our Education Center for others to take home and reuse.  This traditionally has been held in June, following our huge Master Gardener Spring Garden Fair & Plant Sale.

In 2019, we are postponing this event until early Fall.  Please check our EVENTS CALENDER for specific details on date and location.

General Information

During our recycling event, you can leave your plastic nursery pots, trays and cell packs IN GOOD CONDITION in the designated area off the CCE-Tompkins main parking lot on Willow Avenue. You may take away as many pots as you can use, too! Plastic that is left after the event will be taken to a recycler for processing. This is a FREE opportunity for gardeners to recycle their plastic plant containers instead of throwing them away.

NOTE: ONLY POTS IN GOOD CONDITION WILL BE ACCEPTED! NO broken or torn plastic, and NO HANGING POTS. All pots dropped at CCE-Tompkins must be clean and stacked by size. Be advised that you now can recycle plastic nursery pots and trays at the Tompkins County Solid Waste Depot.


Jennie Cramer
Horticulture Program Manager
(607) 272-2292 ext 146

Last updated January 29, 2021