How To Recycle

Mail-In

We are glad to accept your #5 recycling by mail, though before you participate, we encourage you to check on the availability of #5 municipal recycling services in your area.

To make this mail-in recycling program as environmentally-friendly as possible, we encourage you to reuse a box and pack it densely, and if possible, ship by ground. Although packing densely is important, we ask that you do not cut up your plastics as this makes it difficult for our team identify and sort #5s. Also, we ask that for items like yogurt cups that may have a “shrink sleeve” or paper label, that you remove the shrink sleeve or paper label before mailing.

Please note that as of November 27, 2020, we are pausing our Gimme 5 mail in program due to logistical challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. We thank you for holding your shipments for now. We expect to be able to provide an update in January 2021. Please note that our Preserve Toothbrush Takeback program IS running during this time. We appreciate your patience!

Gimme 5 - Previous Format

Preserve’s Gimme 5 Program no longer offers a drop off option. While we do still collect #5 plastic at participating Whole Foods Markets across the country, our public collection is now limited to the for plastic cutlery that is used for in store dining. Cutlery is an item that faces specific recycling challenges and is only able to be recycled through the Gimme 5 program. Please note that our cutlery recycling program is not yet available in all regions of Whole Foods Market.

Questions?

Check out our Gimme 5 FAQs here.

See a list of what we accept for recycling here.

Looking for our Toothbrush Takeback program? Click here.

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