How to Recycle Plastic Flower Pots


Each year gardeners and homeowners purchase flowers and shrubs in plastic pots for their gardens and landscaping projects. These plant pots thrown away by the hundreds of thousands, causing more trash build-up at landfills. You can recycle plastic flower pots for reuse for a new plant. You can also transform your plastic flower pot into a storage container, floral arrangement dish or decorative pen holder. Children can safely use plastic flower pots for making crafts.

Recycle and Sterilize Plant Pots

Step 1

Clean the flower pots thoroughly, removing all dirt, dried roots and detritus. Wash the pots in hot water and bleach to sterilize the plastic. Use an old toothbrush to clean the grooves in the containers. Make sure the drainage holes are cleared of soil and debris.

Step 2

Dry the flower pots completely.

Step 3

Set one pot into another and store them away for future planting. You can also use flower pots for crafting.

Crafting With Plant Pots

Step 1

Place a clean, sterilized plant pot on a piece of newspaper.

Step 2

Scour the surface of the plant pot with an abrasive pad. Scratch the surface just enough to give it texture so stickers can adhere to it. Decorate the plastic flower pot with stickers or draw images, borders or designs with a glue gun.

Step 3

Poke holes into the upper portion of the flower pot with a hammer and nail. Insert decorative brad posts through the holes and secure them in place.

Step 4

Pour a cap full of acrylic paint on to a recyclable plastic lid. Dip a soft cloth into the paint and rub it on the plant pot. Leave enough paint on scratched or indented areas for an antique look. You can paint the entire pot with a sponge brush as an alternative decoration.

Step 5

Glue gems and sequins onto flower plant pots when making recyclable crafts with kids.

Things You'll Need

  • Bleach
  • Toothbrush
  • Paint
  • Glue gun
  • Hammer and nail
  • Large decorative brads
  • Soft cloth


  • Garden Web:Plastic pot recycling
  • Illinois times:Recycle plastic garden pots

Who Can Help

  • Earth day Network:How to recycle plastic plant pots
Keywords: plant pots, recyclables, crafting with kids

About this Author

Suzie Faloon is a freelance writer who has written online content for Demand Studios and Associated Content. As a professional crafter and floral designer, Faloon owned a florist business for nearly 25 years. She completed the Institute of Children's Literature course in 1988.