Number 5

September 11th, 2007


A few days ago I posted about plastics that are higher than #1 or #2. My recycling center only accepts these numbers. Kat commented that maybe I could call my recycling center to see what they suggest I do with these items.

I did. They said that the reason they only take #1 and #2 is because it’s more expensive to recycle the higher numbers and they just don’t have the capability right now. I live in a fairly large city. They didn’t have any suggestions for me other than to check with a private company in my city. That private company seems to only work with corporations, but I have an e-mail in with them to check anyway.

Of course the easiest thing for me to do would be to only buy the plastics that are accepted, but that isn’t always possible. Sour cream and plain yogurt, for example. These are #5. I checked several brands.

I checked Daisy’s website and found this info under the FAQs:

Are Daisy Brand containers recyclable?
Yes, our plastic containers are recyclable. Daisy Brand uses Polypropylene containers because it is more suitable than other plastics for maintaining the quality of our products. Facilities that recycle Polypropylene in your area may be limited. Please reference “recycling” in the yellow pages or contact the Department of Public Works in your town or county to see if facilities are available.

Sadly, I don’t think my city, or other cities, are going to start accepting these plastics anytime soon. (Some do though!) But you can always let them know you’d like that! What good is a recyclable container that’s difficult to recycle? I suppose difficult is better than impossible.

When you shop, do you actively try to buy items that are recyclable?

2 Responses to “Number 5”

  1. sam on September 11, 2007 2:35 pm

    I live in a very small town. We have no recycling center (although, at one time, there was a bin for depositing paper for recycling). But those dairy containers? I’m cheap. As far as I’m concerned, I’d just as soon store leftovers in one of those as I would go out and buy plastic containers for storing leftovers. They also make good cups for pens, brushes, and the like.

  2. chocmoon on September 11, 2007 2:53 pm

    You are right. They would make good leftover containers. I think I would end up with too many of them though. I’ll try it with some of them.

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