My community collects #5s. Why should I recycle #5s with Preserve?
Here's why: With the Preserve Gimme 5 program we sort your plastics and ensure that they are recycled. Many towns and communities that collect #5 are struggling with economics that force them to mix #5s with other plastics. This mixed plastic bale is of limited value and is often shipped overseas to an unknown end of life. Check your local recycler on their practices.
You also might be interested to know that some products that we accept in the Gimme 5 bin are not accepted in municipal recycling, even if your town collects #5s and doesn't create mixed bales. Products such as Brita filters and Preserve toothbrushes contain more than one kind of material so aren't accepted in curbside. Very small products (such as Burt's Bees lip balm tubes) are so tiny that they literally fall through the cracks of most recycling sorting facilities. By putting these products in the Gimme 5 bin, you're ensuring that they really do get recycled.