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Cristina says ...
Please, Whole Foods in Santa Fe New Mexico, we need this Gimme 5 program! Thanks!
01/29/2010 11:07:25 AM CST
Jana says ...
This sounds like a great plan! We would love to have it here in Santa Fe, NM!
01/29/2010 5:42:17 PM CST
ggreen says ...
I am very surprised to see the Union Square NYC location on the list of participating stores, since the *very small* bin was only out sporadically and I haven't seen it in months. Now after reading Trevor's comment [February 19th, 2009 at 10:33 am], I understand that it was moved to the customer service area. I will stop in to check this out when I am next in the neighborhood. But like Trevor, I find this completely unacceptable: if the bin is not included in the area with the other recycling bins, there should be at least a sign indicating that one exists and where to find it. The customer service desk is out of typical customer traffic flow, and any bin placed there would not be noticed by most visitors to the store. Even when there was a bin, it was so small -- much smaller than the other WF recycling bins -- that sadly I often left my #5s in a bag in the general vicinity before giving up completely on the practice. The volume of #5 containers in this city and the desire of residents to recycle rather than trash them are by no means WF's problems to solve. But the hide-and-seek methodology at the Union Square store does not improve the image of a brand that is perceived in NYC to only give lip-service to bettering the environment.
01/30/2010 2:58:46 PM CST
Steve Wall says ...
I would love to see the Santa Fe, New Mexico store start recycling #5 plastic. Thanks!
01/31/2010 7:31:41 AM CST
Jaremy L. says ...
I'm so happy to discover this program for Preserve Gimme 5. I discovered it through the Stonyfield Farms website. Hopefully this will expand to all Whole Foods stores but beyond to other grocery chains. It is a movement and direction which our society must head instead of putting endless amounts of more plastic in our landfills which will probably not decompose at all for hundreds of years let alone all the chemicals from plastic leaching into the ground and making us all sick. Also, I have a question. Most plastic tops now for #5 containers like butter, cream cheese, etc. say that the tops are #2 plastic. Should these #2 tops be recycled separately from their #5 tub-like containers or can people send the whole container (#5 container and #2 top) to Preserve Gimme 5 or put them in the bin at participating Whole Foods stores? Thanks. I look forward to your answer.
01/31/2010 11:56:00 AM CST
BJ Swingle says ...
My cat litter comes in a #5 container - Can I recycle those as well?
02/13/2010 4:55:52 PM CST
Ming says ...
Yes. Please extend the program to WA. I was dispointed that I did not find any store in WA participate your program. I'll same my Brita filter until I the program is extended to Washington. At least in the city of Seattle and Bellevue.
02/17/2010 12:46:19 AM CST
Jeremy says ...
Thanks for taking the first steps with this program, now it needs to expand to other areas such as Southern California. There are a lot of people here who are ready to recycle their #5's and just need a place to make it happen. I regularly shop at the WF in San Diego and would love to see the bins show up there. I plan on stopping by the customer service desk the next time I'm in and discussing it with them. Thanks again!
02/23/2010 2:47:03 PM CST
Corinne says ...
Please please please bring gimme 5 to a San Diego, CA location! We have to make this happen! Our planet (and those walking on it) needs to be GREEN!
02/27/2010 1:21:29 PM CST
Joanne Smith says ...
Hope the Gimme5 program comes to Tucson and to Denver soon. We are using Preserve plates for my daughter's wedding in Denver this summer. Reasonable, eco friendly, and fun!
03/01/2010 4:04:55 PM CST
Laura says ...
This is a great program! Please, please, please bring this to San Diego and the rest of SoCal!
03/02/2010 2:34:45 PM CST
Alan says ...
Just talked with the staff at Whole Foods at 28th and Burnside in Portland, OR today, 3/3/10. Gimme 5 is slated to be unveiled here 3/15/10. Thanks to Preserve and Whole Foods and all partnering companies for taking this important step. And thanks to all here in Portland and throughout the planet for doing what you can to make a difference!
03/04/2010 10:21:56 PM CST
Shell says ...
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PILOT THIS PROGRAM IN CANADA (VANCOUVER)!!!!
03/06/2010 10:24:54 PM CST
Christine says ...
I appreciate you starting the "Gimmie 5" but your website is wrong. I went to your Arlington, VA Whole Foods 2 weeks ago, which your website links to a participating "Gimmie 5", and the employees and manager had no idea what this was, nor did they actually have a place to recycle this. Please either correct the links saying that the Arlington, VA Whole Foods accepts "Gimmie 5" recyclables or place a container in the store.
03/19/2010 10:45:20 AM CDT
hsiaw says ...
Hi Christine, our apologies for any confusion regarding the Gimme 5 program. I'll reach out to the folks in our Arlington store to see what's up.
03/23/2010 9:27:01 AM CDT
mary jane says ...
We need Gimme 5 in Venice, CA 90291. I work in the medical industry and would love to tell people where to recycle their prescription bottles
03/30/2010 6:02:33 PM CDT
Call Control says ...
This is an awesome program! Can't wait until it comes to our store in Seattle!
04/04/2010 9:57:24 PM CDT
Lindsey says ...
Tucson, Airzona....I just read this and then looked at their site, I don't see this on there. I will ask them next time I go but if they don't have it, then I vote TUCSON Great Idea Lindsey
04/05/2010 11:08:41 AM CDT
Laurie says ...
Whole Foods just opened in my area of Long Island, NY. I am pleased that I can recycle all of my #5s (lots of yoghurt containers and Brita filters) and think that this is a great initiative!
04/07/2010 7:10:34 AM CDT
Richard Granucci says ...
I have a pet peeve and suggestion for the above recycle program: back 'in the day' I remember bringing containers, even when I lived in the Orient [about 13 years worth] of bringing in containers to be REFILLED. We have the longest surviving containers being used the least amount of time. Soap, and other non digestable items are distributed into containers that are thrown away [if not recycled]. IF thrown into a fill or such, it'll last over 100 years for not degrade types or less for those that do degrade. SUGGESTION: WHy not, cut down on the packaging to include boxes and such and just ship a container, thinking 55gal drum, of the stuff, and you bring in your long, lasting container that originally dispensed the stuff and refill by the pound/weight? Cuts down on storage and other items. Honestly, we fill up our gas tanks with easy, can we not also do this for soaps, shampoos, dog food etc.???? we do have the bulk concept down. Just possibly, we have as humans progressed up a notch.... PS: I'll be glad to fill up my beer and wine by bulk too :D, [<-- ok, that latter is a joke, but not the previous]
04/15/2010 2:05:36 PM CDT
Laura says ...
Can I recycle #5 plastic bottle caps with this program? I hear some places don't accept them because they're so small they can jam machinery, but I'm hoping Preserve accepts them and I can recycle them in the Gimme 5 bin at my store.
04/21/2010 8:53:26 AM CDT
caroline says ...
I have reached out to my Whole Foods store in Tucson and they have yet to offer #5 recycling. Please help to make this happen in Tucson.
04/21/2010 2:43:04 PM CDT
AllieJo says ...
I love the program. And I go out of my way to use the Whole Foods in Union, NJ, because of their #5 recycling bin, as well as several other earth-friendly programs that aren't available in other WF stores. Thank you, Union store!
05/08/2010 8:47:57 AM CDT
Michael Swist says ...
It would be very much appreciated if the "Gimme 5" recycling program came to the Hillcrest, San Diego store. I am absolutely confident that everyone would participate all of the time. It is such a great idea. Please offer the service here. Thank you.
05/12/2010 12:12:43 AM CDT
Richard Kenyon says ...
PLEASE get this going in the stores in San Diego, CA! PLEASE!!
05/20/2010 12:27:26 AM CDT

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