Our Commitment to Recycling
Founder & CEO, Aaron Westbrook began researching in 2017 how to make our process of fabricating prosthetics sustainable and affordable to produce as a growing non-profit. We are excited to introduce a new way to support our mission by collecting and donating your plastic waste to Form5. Plastic waste collected is run through our propriety recycling process developed over the last two years. This plastic is shredded, extruded, and then used to 3-D print our prosthetic devices. Form5 is on track of reaching our goal of being a zero-waste organization by the year 2020.
In 2019 we established the "Form5 Recyclers" Group on Facebook to better monitor our plastic intake. The purpose of this group is to inform plastic donors of collection guidelines, drop-off locations, and plastic drive dates. As a small (but mighty) non-profit we are currently in no capacity to accept plastic donations out of state. Members must be residents of Central Ohio. If you have specific questions regarding our plastic collection or our recycling efforts please fill out the form on our Contact page here.
Are you located in Columbus, Ohio? Want to support Form5’s mission by donating your plastics?
Form5 Recycling Guidelines/FAQS:
1. What type of plastics does Form5 accept?
Form5 only accepts #5 polypropylene plastics. All plastic items are stamped with a ♻ and inside it is a number! The numbers inside these triangles indicate the type of plastic it is and if it can be recycled or reused. Please check all plastic donated to confirm it is a #5!
2. What are examples of #5 plastics?
A few examples of #5 plastics are not limited to the following: prescription bottles, take-out containers, Tupperware, yogurt containers, Starbucks cold cups, fast-food cups, and so so much more! We have also generated a plastic exemplar document which can be found below.
3. Why #5 plastics?
#5 plastic is durable, compatible with our printers, and strong enough for our devices. Ironically, it is also the least recycled plastic by the majority of large recycling companies.
4. When are the plastic drives?
Typically, we like to schedule our plastic drives 3 to 4 times a year each 3-4 months apart. Please check the calendar below or on our Facebook page.
5. I can’t donate plastics, but how else can I support Form5?
There are many ways you can support Form5 outside of recycling! One is word of mouth, give our Facebook page a like, share our posts, attend an event! In addition, one can support by making a monetary donation by clicking the DONATE button on our Facebook page or at www.form5prostheticsinc.org. As a growing non-profit we rely on donations/fundraising to further our recycling research and continue providing advanced, eco-friendly 3-D printed prosthetics to those with limb-loss.
6. I didn’t make it to the drive, what do I do with all this plastic?
If you cannot store the plastics until our next drive we encourage you to support other initiatives in our community that recycles #5's.
Listed below are a few:
- Whole Foods Market recycling program in partnership with "Preserve Gimmie 5". Please check your local store for participation.
- TerraCycle, a recycling company, host free programs that collect plastic and support companies that have innovative solutions to recycling everyday plastics!
*Example of one location listed on their website is BYERS AIRPORT SUBARU (401 N Hamilton Rd Columbus OH, USA 43213)*
Know of other grass-roots recycling programs happening in our community? Send us an email at info [at] form5prostheticsinc [dot] org.
7. How do I prepare donated plastics? Do I need to clean them? Why do I have to clean and remove all the labels?
Just like all methods of recycling, you are expected to rinse and clean any food residue from them. We ask you to clean your #5's, in particular, because they are often packaging food, liquid, or medicine. To ensure the utmost safety of our staff and volunteers ALL plastic donated to Form5 must be cleaned. For example, medicine bottles with labels have personal, medical information that you would not want to be shared. This also speeds up our recycling process :) Yes, these labels can be sticky - we ask you to do your best and recommend Goo-Gone!
Questions can also be sent to info [at] form5prostheticsinc [dot] org.
Thank you for recycling and supporting Form5!
UPCOMING #5 DRIVES:
August 8th, 2019 @ The New Albany Farmers Market from 4-7pm. (Market Square, New Albany, Ohio 43054).
November 16th, 2019 @ The New Albany Primary School Bus Loop from 10am-3pm. (87 N High St, New Albany, OH 43054)