Finally, a simple and fun recycling solution for your yogurt cups, hummus tubs and other #5 plastic containers! If you’re serious about recycling, you know that more than a third of American communities don’t accept these common containers for recycling. And many communities that do accept #5 plastics are often forced (by economic necessity) into bundling them with other plastics; in this process, they’re combined (downcycled) to form a mixed plastic bale, which is of low value and is often shipped overseas to an unknown end of life.
Preserve and our partners created the Gimme 5 program to offer a simple way to save these plastics and make sure they have the opportunity for renewal. We put extra time and effort into collecting and recycling #5 plastics to drive systemic change in the way consumer products are made, used and handled at the end of their lives. While it is our most expensive source of material, we do it to “close the loop.”
With the Preserve Gimme 5 program, you can enjoy the many great products that are packaged in #5 plastic, save them up, clean them out and drop them off at a participating retail location—or mail them back to Preserve for recycling. And as a thank you for your recycling efforts with us, we’ve partnered with Recyclebank, a company that rewards people with discounts and deals from local and national businesses, just for taking everyday green actions. So, with Gimme 5, you can get rewarded for recycling your #5 plastics!
Ready to start recycling your #5 plastics? Check for Gimme 5 retail locations to see if there’s one near you. If there isn’t a convenient drop-off location, you can still mail us your #5s—click here to learn how.
So, to recap—by recycling your #5 plastics through the Preserve Gimme 5 program, you are:
Saving plastic from being sent to landfills
Keeping it local by recycling it here in the USA
Powering Preserve by helping us transform your recyclables into new Preserve toothbrushes and razors
Earning Recyclebank Points that can be redeemed for discounts and deals at local and national businesses