♻️ #2 and #5 Plastic Collections
  • Owen Brown Interfaith Center
    7246 Cradlerock Way
    Columbia, MD 21045

  • Upstairs Area Outside Sanctuary C

♻️ #2 and #5 Plastic Collections

UUCC’s Climate Team will collect your clean #2 and #5 plastics at OBIC on the 2nd and 5th Sundays and deliver them to the Upcycled plastic collection bin at Freetown Farm.

Collection schedule

June 9, 2024
June 30, 2024
July 14, 2024
Aug 11, 2024
Sept 8, 2024
Sept 29, 2024

What happens to the plastic!?

Our #2s and #5s go to UpCycleda start-up located in western Howard County. There, they process the plastic into things like benches, picnic tables, and raised garden bed liners. The bench in our OBIC Community Garden near the upper parking lot came from UpCycled. When you give #2(HDPE) and #5(PP) plastic to UpCycled, you know it will be made into something useful and not end up in a landfill.

UUCC, with help from Christ United Methodist Church (CUMC), has been doing a great job of bringing in plastics. We’ve collected 220 pounds since May 2023.

Important Tips for Donating your #2 and #5 Plastics

► You really need to verify that you’re only contributing #2s and #5s. Many, but not all take-out containers and to-go cups are #5s, but to be sure, you have to look for the small triangle embossed in the plastic, usually at the bottom. Good light helps.

► Items you donate should be clean and labels removed if possible. The item will still be accepted if you can’t get the label off.

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