The town we live in has been recycling for six or seven years now because a marvelous Canadian swooped in and shook her head in shock. What started out as a discussion in a local pub turned into petitions, and it took a march on City Hall to turn things around. But it was worth it.
They do not, however, recycle everything….
Many things the city won’t recycle, I can take on base, which is unfair since not everyone has that option. The city has, however, recently begun accepting chip board. (Cardboard other than corrugated.) I’m thrilled about that. But what about the styrofoam, the plastic #5, #6 and the dreaded #7 they won’t take?When I ask why, it’s always the same tired saying, “There isn’t enough money in it.”
So these items hang in a red bag screaming at me every day as I step out the door. “What are you going to do with me, woman?”
Well, I can scream back to the #5’s at least!
Making my monthly pilgrimage to Whole Foods to stock up from the bulk bins, a white container caught my eye as I headed out the door. Well, I’ll be darned. Those crazy Preserve toothbrushes, again?
I smiled all the way to the car. I could empty at least half of that red bag–finally! No more sending recyclables home with the in-laws out-of-state or asking my girlfriend in Jacksonville, “So, what do they recycle down here? Could I put this in your recycling bin?”
According to their site, choosing recycled plastic as opposed to virgin plastic uses:
- At least 54% less water than virgin polypropylene
- At least 64% less greenhouse gases (in CO2 equivalents) than virgin polypropylene
- At least 75% less oil than virgin polypropylene
- At least 48% less coal than virgin polypropylene
- At least 77% less natural gas than virgin polypropylene
- At least 46% less electricity than virgin polypropylene
(Feel free to check Preserve: Our Process to see how they come up with those numbers.)
The plastics/containers accepted in the Preserve Gimme 5 Bin:
–Cottage/Cream Cheese containers
–Preserve Razor Handles
–Other containers stamped with the #5 recycling logo
(Separate containers specifically for recycling Brita water filters can also be found.)
Look for a store near you here! (If there isn’t a store near you, they encourage you to ship your products to their factory. They refuse, however, to pay for your shipping–but they said they are working on getting more drop-off sites up and running…)
If you live outside the U.S., what recycling options exist for plastic #5, #6 and #7’s in your are?
More recycling articles:
- Recycling Your Cell Phone (mycricket.com)
- A Tale of Two Toothbrushes (bellasugar.com)
- On Recycling (juwannadoright.wordpress.com)
- Five tantalizing tales of bizarre recycling (karenrwan.wordpress.com)