#5 Recycling comes to RI

For all you avid recyclers, (and I hope that means you!) rejoice, now #5 plastics are being accepted for recycling at your local Whole Foods. #5 plastics are used for packaging such staples as yogurt, butter, and sour cream to name a few.

In the state of RI all #1 PETE and #2 HDPE plastics are accepted recycling, but #5 PP had always been regular trash and sent to the landfill. This is a new program called Gimme 5 by the companyPreserve. Read RISD EHS head, Alan Cantara's original post on two.risd.edu

For those of you who can't make the hike to the Whole Foods on N. Main St, or on Waterman- good news- 2nd Life is going to have a depository to take them for you! Whatever you do, don't throw your #5's away! (Brita filters too!)

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