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. Due to decreased budget and alternatives for pot recycling, CCE Tompkins is NOT ACCEPTING POTS or hosting a pot swap.
PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE YOUR GARDEN POTS AT CCE; STAFF CANNOT MANAGE THEM AT THIS TIME
Check with your local nursery! Some accept rigid pots, but not usually the cell packs. (eg Early Bird Nursery, but call first!)
Trash Nothing https://trashnothing.com/beta/ithaca-freecycle
Facebook - Ithaca Families Gift Economy https://www.facebook.com/groups/ithacagifteconomy
Pots are accepted at Home Depot
Pots are accepted at Lowe's
"Lowe’s...accepts plastic planter pots and cases in the garden center for recycling. Simply bring your items in, follow instructions at the recycling center, or garden center, and Lowe’s will take care of the rest."
Tompkins County Recycling
WILL NOT RECYCLE - "Plastic plant pots and trays" are considered trash, even plastic pots labeled #5 plastic.
Biodegradable Pot ideas (purchase or make)
University of Kentucky, Cooperative Extension
Alternative Containers for a Sustainable Greenhouse and Nursery Crop Production
Ask the Growline
Last updated May 23, 2021