Year-Round Recycling @ Carmel

Are you holding onto items because you don't know where to recycle them? We offer recycling of select items year-round! We also encourage you to attend our FREE Recycling Fairs held each spring, summer & fall. (See calendar for specific dates and list of accepted items.)


Wine Corks

Help Put a Cork in Global Warming. Drop off your wine corks for recycling at Whole Foods Market in Carmel and Indianapolis! When you recycle your corks, you help to preserve this high quality, sustainable, natural resource. The goal for the collection and shipping of these corks is to do so with as close to a zero increase in CO2 as possible. Doing so ensures the greatest ecological benefit. They will be utilized by the wine industry and consumer products. With our help, we can have a significant impact in saving the cork forests and reusing this remarkable natural resource. More info at



  • Cork is a natural, renewable, recyclable and biodegradable material that is obtained through an environmentally friendly harvesting process.
  • Trees are not cut down to harvest cork, rather, the bark is stripped by hand every 9-12 years. Cork oak trees can live up to 300 years!
  • Approximately 6.6 million acres extending across Portugal, Spain, Algeria, Morocco, Italy, Tunisia and France, the cork oak forests support one of the world's highest levels of forest biodiversity, second only to the Amazon Rainforest.
  • Opting for screw caps and plastic stoppers directly causes the loss of sustainable livelihoods as the cork forests are a vital source of income for thousands of families.



#5 Plastic & Brita Water Filters

Gimme 5 is a recycling collaboration between Whole Foods Market and Preserve. Products packaged in #5 plastic are sold widely, but #5 is not recycled in most communities. A Preserve Gimme 5 bin is in our Whole Foods Market Carmel Store for customers to recycle their #5s and used Brita cartridge filters. Please thoroughly clean all of your #5s before bringing them to the stores. By collecting #5 plastic in our communities and sending it to Preserve, you’re helping us limit the environmental footprint of this material and giving it a second life as new and useful products. For more information visit



Cell Phones

Recycle those old cell phones – don’t put them out with the trash! Whole Foods Market Carmel is pleased to be participating with “Secure the Call” and organization that takes old cell phones, refurbishes them by wiping out any information stored on them and then reprograms them to make 911 emergency calls. All phones are redistributed to community partners (women’s shelters, senior centers, school systems, and police and fire departments). You’ll find the collection bin located by the registers.