plastic-no-5-recycling.jpgThe slogan was “Gimme 5” and, with a little help from her school, 6-year-old Tess Mullen collected eleven large-size garbage bags full of No. 5 plastic – the type used to make yogurt containers, cottage cheese tubs and other food containers.

Even though No. 5 plastic is recyclable, it is not accepted by the local county recycling program, so Tess and her mom decided to collect them for an Earth Day project at school.

They found a recycler in another Minnesota county that would take their truckload of plastics. Best of all the project had a lasting effect on the family: Never again could they feel comfortable throwing away their yogurt cups.

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