Recently I wrote about Preserve’s agreement with Clorox to collect and re-use the Brita filters. Preserve manufactures household products out of recycled plastics such as toothbrushes, razors, plates, and BPA free kitchen products. In addition to accepting, Brita filters, they are also accepting other #5 plastics as well such as yogurt cups through their Gimme 5 program.
Ordinarily, most counties do not accept #5 plastic for recycling. This includes yogurt cups, hummus containers, and other food containers. With Preserve’s Gimme 5 program, you can drop off your #5’s, Brita filters, and Preserve products at a participating Whole Foods or The Park Slope Food Coop.
Not near a participating Whole Foods? Then you can mail your #5’s and Brita filters to Preserve. All Preserve products can be sent back to the company for a second life via a postage paid envelope. See instructions on how to send these products back to Preserve.
However, if you want to make some money for your school or religious organization, check out Terracycle’s program. They will pay your school for certain yogurt cups like stonyfield yogurt for re-use . You will still have to drop off your yogurt lids at Whole Foods for recycling.
In either event, there is no longer a reason to throw your #5 plastic in the garbage again. While you are at Whole Foods picking up some organic fruit, and pitch a little lid or two while you are there.