Wednesday, February 22, 2012

How to recycle #5 plastic

A recycling bin at Whole Foods
I've been very frustrated with New York City for not recycling yogurt containers and other #5 plastic. Now, I find out that the items can be recycled at Whole Foods in Union Square. In fact, the eco-grocery chain has been doing this since 2009! I wish I had known sooner, but better late than never.

I already bring my vegetable scraps to the community composting site at Union Square Green Market on Saturdays, and I dump my old towels and clothes with the city's textile recycling program there. Now, at the same time, I can walk my plastic bags and other containers across the street to Whole Foods.
The Preserve program at Whole Foods

Whole Foods  also participates in the Gimme 5 program, collecting  #5 plastic containers and even Brita filters for Preserve, a company that turns yogurt cups into toothbrushes and other personal hygiene products (see my earlier post).
So, hitting Whole Foods will be part of my Saturday routine until 2013, when the city begins recycling these kinds of plastics.


meemsnyc said...

Isn't it great? I reuse my yogurt containers for seedling starters, but I definitely will be bringing my britas filters there!

sabkon wells said...

hi. i think its great that we are being serious about recycling but we must also start using recycled products. they are equally effective as new products and help in creating awareness and demand for recycling.

Recycling Plastic Containers