Nursery Containers Alternative ways to recycle Recycling Cart Clean rigid plastic pots and trays can go your recycling cart. The flimsy, flexible black plastic starter packs and trays go in the landfill cart. Ceramic plant containers do not belong in the recycling (ceramics in general are not recyclable) – if your ceramic pot is broken or not reusable, please put it into your landfill cart. Check with local garden centers to see if they accept plant pots and trays for reuse. Alternative Ways to Recycle Return to Lowe’s Garden Center Return used nursery containers, plastic trays and tags to a Lowe’s Garden Center. Lowe’s will accept these containers for recycling, regardless of where you purchased them. Ways to Reuse Start New Plants Nursery containers can be used to start seeds, grow divisions from larger plants, and transport seedlings.