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Pot recycling project with team and customer in front of cage
We offer plastic plant pot recycling at selected stores. Return your empty pots to us and they’ll get transformed into something new. 

Planting with peace of mind

Did you know that empty plant pots can’t be accepted at most recycling facilities across New Zealand? To help with this, Bunnings is offering recycling for plant pots and other plant packaging at selected stores. Simply return your plastic plant pots and stakes to your nearest participating store, and we’ll help recycle them into items such as new pots. 

How will the pots be recycled? 

We’ve partnered with Daltons to help us collect your plastic plant packaging. The plastic can then be transformed into items such as new plastic pots, creating a completely circular solution. 


Icon representing Plastic Pot Recycling symbol

What can I return for recycling? 

We accept plastic plant packaging made from polypropylene plastic 5 (otherwise known as PP5). This includes all sizes of plant pots and stakes. Plant labels, even those made from PP5, cannot be recycled.
To find out what type of plastic your pot is made from, look for the plastic identification code on your pot. If it has a number ‘5’, you can recycle it with us.  

I’ve got some pots to recycle! How can I take part? 

It’s easy! First, check that your pots are made from PP5.  

Next, tap out any loose soil from inside your pots and give them a quick rinse. This is an important step, as the machinery used to recycle the plastics can be damaged by dirt.  

Then stack your pots and drop them off in the collection cage we’ve set up outside the nursery gate of your nearest participating Bunnings store. 

Where can I find my nearest drop-off location? 

The following stores are ready to collect your pots and stakes:

Upper North Island Stores:

  • Takanini
  • Manukau
  • Botany
  • Mt Wellington
  • Grey Lynn
  • Glenfield
  • Mt Roskill
  • Waipapa
  • New Lynn
  • North Shore
  • Silverdale
  • Westgate
  • Whangarei
  • Mangawhai

Central North Island Stores:

  • Hamilton South
  • Mt Maunganui
  • Rotorua
  • Te Rapa
  • Whakatane
  • Gisborne WH

Lower North Island Stores:

  • Lyall Bay
  • Palmerston North
  • Petone
  • Porirua

South Island Stores:

  • Blenheim
  • Christchurch Airport
  • Dunedin
  • Nelson
  • Riccarton
  • Shirley
  • Queenstown

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