How To Recycle


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. Out of an abundance of caution in the era of COVID-19, we also ask that in addition to your #5 plastics being clean and dry, that you let your box sit for 7 days before bringing it to the post office.

Please ship to:

Preserve Gimme 5
823 State Route 13
Cortland, NY 13045-6574

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. To learn more about what led to our move away from the general Gimme 5 collection bin, please visit here.


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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