Count Up to Earth Day: Tip 1 Don’t Throw Out #5 Plastic

April 1st, 2012

This post is part of a series counting up to Earth Day on April 22. Check back for the rest of the 22 tips!

While you’ll frequently find that yogurt and sour cream containers are marked #5 for recycling, not all recycling centers accept this plastic. Don’t toss em though. Instead, make an Earth Day pledge to keep those containers out of the landfill.

Polypropylene, or PP, is the plastic that’s behind that odd number 5, but all those dairy containers are indeed recyclable.

Fortunately, more recycling centers are starting to take on #5 plastics, but until yours does, you have another option. Preserve’s Gimme 5 Program makes it easy for you to keep your yogurt containers out of the landfill.

In fact, you can drop off any #5 plastic, like medicine bottles and Brita filters, at Preserve Gimme 5 locations in participating Whole Foods Market stores and co-op markets. And, yes, there’s a free app for that: Gimme 5 – #5 Plastic Recycling.

Stop tossing #5, and you can also get rewards with the new Gimme 5 Recyclebank!

(image via flickr)

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