I've been saving my #5 plastic containers with the hope that one day I can recycle them. In searching the web I found a recycling organization based in Cortland, NY. I learned they have partnered with many organizations with drop off locations. I'm excited that all my saved yoghurt and take out containers can be dropped off at Whole Foods. It's a lovely feeling to know my waste will be recycled into another product. follow the links below to find where you can recycle your #5 plastics.
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- From The Gimme 5 website:
Finally, a recycling solution for your yogurt cups, hummus tubs and other #5 plastic containers! If you’re serious about recycling, you know that most communities don’t accept these common containers for recycling. There’s not enough money in it for them to make it work. And those communities that do accept #5s are generally forced (by poor economics) into bundling them with other plastics to form a mixed plastic bale. This mixed plastic bale is of low value and is often shipped overseas to an unknown end of life.
Preserve and our partners created the Gimme 5 program to offer a simple way to save these plastics and make sure they have a second life. Now you can enjoy all of the great products that come packaged in #5 plastic, save them up, clean them out and drop them at a participating retail location, or mail them back to Preserve for recycling. And as a thank-you for your recycling efforts with us, we have partnered with Recyclebank, a company that rewards people for taking everyday green actions with discounts and deals from local and national businesses. You will now get rewarded for recycling your #5s in the Preserve Gimme 5 program! Learn more here.