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Pot Recycle

Doing our bit to help you do yours

Mitre 10 Pot Recycle is closing the loop on plastic garden plant and seedling pots, diverting them from landfill and reducing the amount of new plastic used. 

If you’re a plant lover, you’ll be familiar with the plastic pots they’re sold in. Most local councils don’t accept them in kerbside recycling because they’re often contaminated with dirt. The unfortunate reality is that they often end up in landfills. But not for long. 

Mitre 10 stores are stepping up. We’re accepting clean plant and seedling pots and labels made of plastic ID 5. The pots are sent to our recycling partners, Recycling Group and Pact Group, to be shredded and melted into resin, which is then remoulded into new pots by our supply partner Zealandia Horticulture. 

All you need to do is clean out your pots and drop them into the Pot Recycle crate at your local Mitre 10 store. 

This is a truly circular, closed-loop process, where pots sold in-store can be returned and reused for the same purpose. It’s a part of our commitment to making a real and sustainable impact on the environment and the communities we are part of. 



Why is washing the pots important? 

The machines used for recycling the plastic cannot process dirt as well. Pots that haven’t been properly cleaned can contaminate the plastic which disrupts the entire cycle and may eventually lead to these pots once again going to landfill. 

What does Mitre 10 accept? 

Any plant pot, container or label identified as ID 5. At present, we cannot accept black poly bags or unidentified plastics. This program is not designed to manage commercial volumes of pots, and is aimed at supporting residential customers.

What if I can’t identify my pot? 

We’re working closely with our trade partners to ensure all the pots sold at Mitre 10 can be identified with a plastic ID code. We are unable to accept unidentified plastics at present. 

Why not just clean and reuse pots?

We looked at various potential solutions, but due to the level of demand for plants and seedlings, along with biosecurity risks like myrtle rust and phytophthora, this isn’t viable at commercial scale. We landed on a practical solution that turns old plastic pots into new ones, making better use of existing resources.




Huge thanks to our partners on this important project: