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Monday, June 15, 2009

Yogurt Lids and ‘Gimme 5’ recycling program

I was on the look out just to verify that you could, indeed, recycle yogurt lids and you can! In my search I happened upon the ‘Gimme 5’ recycling program. Apparently, according to Planet Green:

Preserve, the company creating stylish household products out of 100% recycled plastics, has just announced their new ‘Gimme 5’ recycling program.

They’ve teamed up with organic yogurt maker Stonyfield Farm, and Organic Valley, the organic, farmer-owned cooperative, to make recycling #5s possible through convenient drop-off locations in select Whole Foods Markets in the Midwest, Northeast and Northern California. Whole Foods in Florida will join the
program in mid-February.

In addition to accepting #5 plastics, Preserve’s Gimme 5 program accepts Brita water pitcher filters.

All the plastic that Preserve collects will be turned into new products such as their toothbrushes, razors and tableware.

Here's a list of locations where you can drop off your #5 containers. My state's on there but not my city...yet, but I've got my fingers crossed. There is an alternative though. You can send your #5's. Here's more info on how to go about doing that.

To Gimme 5 by mail:

• To help make this program a win for the environment, it is important that you send your plastics back to us via ground shipping (as opposed to air). Reuse a box if you can!
• Make sure to include your return address on the box and add your name and email address inside the box so we can thank you for your good work.
• Unfortunately, we are unable to pay for you to mail your #5s to us. However, our retail-based Gimme 5 program (starting in January) will allow you to drop off your used #5s at no cost.

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