Plastic #5 (Polypropylene)
Polypropylene is used to make plastic containers such as take-out boxes, large yogurt pots (the small individual serving yogurt pots are usually made from polystyrene, plastic #6) and margarine tubs as well as the plastic bottle caps found on plastic bottles and some glass jars. Look for the number 5 inside the chasing arrows recycling symbol (right).
Consider ways that you can reuse these containers instead of throwing them in the trash or arranging for them to be recycled. Polypropylene is not an easy plastic to recycle so it is much better to reuse these containers wherever possible.
Why not reuse these containers as storage boxes for your fridge or freezer instead of buying empty plastic boxes or having to wrap items in aluminum foil or shrink wrap that are harder to clean and reuse. Take out boxes make a great lunch box for school or work.
Municipal Recycling Collections
Polypropylene containers are only accepted as part of the commingled curbside recycling collection in a few areas of New Jersey. Consult your local town or county recycling website to find out if you can place polypropylene containers in your recycling box.
If polypropylene containers are not accepted in your recycling box you may still be able to take them to your local municipal recycling center.
Preserve Gimme 5 Collection Boxes
Polypropylene containers can also be taken to Whole Foods stores throughout New Jersey and placed in the Preserve Gimme 5 collection boxes at the front of the store.
Preserve collects Plastic #5 containers at many Whole Foods Stores in NJ. They will also collect Brita brand water filters as these are also made of plastic #5. To find a drop off location near you and for more details about Plastic #5 recycling click here.
If you do not live near to a Whole Foods Store you can also mail your #5 plastic containers to Preserve at
Preserve Gimme 5, 823 NYS Route 13, Cortland, NY 13045
Polypropylene Bottle Cap Recycling
For information on how to recycle the plastic bottle caps found on the top of plastic bottles and some glass jars take a look at our dedicated bottle cap recycling page.