Why doesn’t Preserve pay for shipping?
Nothing would make us happier than to be able to pay the shipping for every person willing to collect, clean, pack, and send their used #5 plastic to us. However, as a small, growing company, we do not have the financial wherewithal to finance this type of program. We are doing everything we can to help consumers divert plastic from landfills, but the shipping costs for a mail-back recycling program are prohibitively expensive.
A number of Whole Foods Markets and some food co-ops have partnered with us to host Gimme 5 collection bins in communities around the country. (A list of these stores is available here.) The efficiencies found in gathering hundreds of pounds of plastic at a time, coupled with support from sponsors, makes this program cost-effective for us. As we learn from this program, we hope to expand it to additional retailers.
We absolutely understand why you may choose not to mail your #5 plastic back to us. We've made the Gimme 5 mail-back program available because there are individuals who are frustrated by their inability to recycle locally, and are willing to partner with us to assume some of the costs of recycling.