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All Mitre 10 stores accept CLEAN plastic ID5 plant and seedling pots for recycling

Most councils don’t accept garden pots in kerbside recycling due to dirt contamination so we are closing the loop to keep plastic plant and seedling pots out of landfill. 

Mitre 10 stores are stepping up and accepting clean plant and seedling pots and labels made of plastic ID 5.

Look for this symbol on the pot .

See the process below of how we can grow a better future together.



Why is washing the pots important? 

The machines used for recycling the plastic cannot process dirt. It contaminates the plastic which disrupts the entire cycle. 

What does Mitre 10 accept? 

Any plant pot or container identified as ID 5. We can’t accept black poly bags or unidentified plastics. This program is designed to help residential customers recycle their pots, not commercial volumes.

Look for this symbol on the pot .

Note: we also accept the labels that come on ID 5 pots.

What if I can’t identify my pot? 

We’re working closely with our 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 for now.

Why not just clean and reuse pots?

We looked at potential solutions, but due to the level of demand for plants and seedlings, and biosecurity risks like myrtle rust and phytophthora, this isn’t possible at a commercial scale. We landed on a practical solution that turns old plastic pots into new ones. You are welcome to help yourself to any pots from the Pot recycle crates in-store.


Huge thanks to our partners on this important project: