Ever wonder what to do with your #5 plastic tubs that aren’t currently accepted in curbside recycling programs? These types of plastics include containers used for yogurt, sour cream, cottage/cream cheese, margarine/butter, take-out and hummus. Preserve© created a program called Gimme 5 that gives consumers a solution to recycling those pesky #5 plastics. Drop your #5 plastics off in the Gimme 5 bins at any Whole Foods© location, or mail them directly to Preserve©. Once recycled, these #5 plastics are made into toothbrushes, razor handles, tableware and kitchenware. By recycling your #5 plastics, you are saving plastic from being added to the landfills, conserving energy and resources by reusing plastic to turn it into a new product and keeping it local by recycling in the United States, rather than sending plastics overseas. Gimme 5 bins will also accept used Brita® filters. Visit Preserve’s website to find out more information. Start recycling your #5 plastics now!
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Thank you for this information. I hate throwing #5 plastics away. It looks like only the Whole Foods in Deerfield Town center accepts #5 plastics for recycling, per Preserve’s website. I will save them up and make the trip when the bag is full.
Thanks for sharing this! Gimme 5 did not come up during my search, but your article did! Now I have a place to take the hundreds (OK, at least 150) of dog food and yogurt containers I’ve been amassing over the past several months!