Give them 5!
August 2, 2010 § 2 Comments
I just discovered that there’s a program called Gimme 5 that recycles #5 plastics (which includes yogurt containers.) And, even better, Whole Foods, including my local Whole Foods on Columbus Ave, is a Gimme 5 recycling station! I had been avoiding both Whole Foods AND yogurt: Whole Foods because they are so Yupper West Side and annoyingly crammed full of screaming children whose mothers attempt to reason them out of tantrums by having adult conversations with them (ineffective), and yogurt because there was no way to recycle the containers. But one needs one’s probiotics, so I am happy now to have found a solution. I just called the Columbus Ave. Whole Foods to confirm they have a Gimme 5 bin, and they do. Yey. They also sell Dan’s brand of milk, as well as soy creamer, for much cheaper than the grocery stores on Broadway. So I guess I am willing to make the hike. Whole Paycheck, I will give you another shot, and all because of your recycle bins. Other retail stores: let this be a lesson to you.
But now here’s another issue. I like Fage yogurt. It’s not #5. According to their website:
Solid waste – Recycling
We encourage any attempt to solve the global problem of solid waste. We believe that recycling is one of the solutions to be attained and this is why we participate in the Hellenic Retrieval and Recycling Company whose object is to develop solutions for solid waste recycling, in accordance with relevant directives. Moreover, we design our products packaging so as to minimize consumption of raw materials and ensure their recyclability. Recyclable waste materials from the manufacturing process are sorted in the plant into paper, plastic and metals and delivered to licensed recycling facilities. We are also collecting for recycling all secondary paper packaging and wooden pallets used in then plant, while organic matter is used for composting. As part of its action to encourage recycling, FAGE participates in a waste batteries recycling program, in cooperation with a company approved by the Ministry for the Environment, Land Planning and Public Works, by means of special battery collection containers.
But I think they are actually, like, Greek (the “Hellenic Retrieval” thing gave it away), so maybe that have different recycling standards and programs in Greece. I think I could be persuaded to like a different kind of yogurt that comes in a #5.
Hey, look what this lady has to say about yogurt and yogurt containers. And I thought I was obsessed with this topic.