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Plastic Pot Recycling - Help Reduce Horticultural Waste in Landfills

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Plastic Pot Recycling - Help Reduce Horticultural Waste in Landfills

Spring planting = lots of plastic pots. Every April, as your tulips come up and your flowers go in, the Garden opens its Plastic Pot Recycling Program. Plastic pots cannot go in single stream recycling and over 350,000 pounds of horticultural plastic gets added to the waste stream each year. Since 1998, the Missouri Botanical Garden’s plastic pot recycling program has prevented over one million pounds of horticultural waste from reaching the landfill.

In 2017, the Garden is excited to promote our official plastic pot recycling partner—Central Paper Stock (CPS). CPS has been in the recycling business since 1946 and has invested in equipment to effectively process horticultural plastic and to increase the capacity of this program. The Plastic Pot Recycling program is funded in part by the St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District.


To recycle your plastic garden pots, cell packs and trays, follow these easy steps:

  • Collect your plastic gardening containers such as cell packs, pots and trays
  • Empty soil, rocks, and plant material out of all containers
  • Remove metal hangers or other foreign materials
  • Plastic plant tags should be nestled inside pots
  • Bring them to one of the locations listed on the website
  • Individually drop them into the green collection trailers

Many local garden centers participate in the program - check our website to find a facility near you. And don't forget to shop when you drop and support these businesses as a way of saying "thank you" for their help with this great program.

Commercial landscapers should deliver material directly to: Central Paper Stock, 6665 Jonas Place, St Louis, MO 63134. To schedule delivery, please call (314) 521-8686 ext 101.

Remember – horticultural plastic should not go into your single stream recycling and dropping off your pots is just one more reason to visit the Garden or one of our pot recycling partners. Thank you everyone that helps to make this program so successful!

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