Nursery Containers Alternative ways to recycle Recycle Curbside Plastic nursery containers can be recycled curbside. Ceramic containers must be donated or thrown in the trash. 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.