How to Recycle Water Filters
you recycle water filter cartridges?
We get asked this question a lot. Many people are concerned about
switching from bottled water to filtered water, because plastic bottles
are more easily recycled. Most filter manufacturers do not have
recycling programs in place, leaving consumers with no choice but to
dispose of their used products in the trash. Despite this, the
environmental and economical footprint of bottled water (even when it
is recycled) is still much larger than that of filtered water. (Compare
the three or four water filters that get thrown away by one household
each year, to the millions of plastic bottles that end up in our
landfills, and you can see the difference.) If you are concerned about
recycling your water filters, we recommend buying products made by
that have recycling programs in place. If this is not possible, contact
the manufacturer of your filter and request that they initiate a
water filter recycling program. You may also want to contact
your local recycling center. If your filter is made with #5 plastic,
your local center may accept the cartridge for recycling.
The following Filters Fast vendors currently have water filter
has teamed up with Preserve, a
maker of 100 percent
goods. The #5 plastic from each Brita filter cartridge is used to
manufacture kitchenware and personal care products like toothbrushes
and razors. The filter ingredients - activated carbon and ion exchange
resin - are either regenerated for alternative use or converted into
energy. Simply dry your expired filters by shaking off
the excess water and setting them in a dry place for three days. Wrap
the filters in a plastic grocery bag and drop it off or mail it to a
participating Preserve Gimme 5
Preserve Gimme 5
bins may be found at certain Whole
Foods Market stores.
Both the bag and the water filter cartridge will be recycled.
Save. Recycle." That's Everpure's motto.
Everpure filter cartridges are
made with high grade aluminum and plastics, and are therefore easily
recycled. The company has partnered with Waste
Management to ensure
that its cartridges are recycled to become new, sustainable products.
Everpure to find a drop-off location near you and take
your expired cartridges to a participating recycling center. If there
are no drop-off locations nearby, you can mail your cartridges instead.
filter used in the Filtrete Water Station is made
with the same #2
plastic as a milk jug, and is easily recycled. Simply dispose of the
filter media in the trash and recycle the plastic parts with the rest
of your #2 plastics. Watch this video,
for more information.
Mavea pays the shipping cost
for you to recycle your Mavea
The company recommends
saving six filter cartridges for each shipment, in order to minimize
the carbon footprint of shipping.Obtain a Mavea paid shipping label by
filling out the form on their website; package your filters in a parcel
pounds or less and drop off the package at your nearest UPS
Every part of each Mavea filter is broken down, cleaned and reused.
does not have a recycling program in place at this time; however, it
has been rumored by several sources that they are working on
implementing one in the near future. Please check back periodically for
typically not recycled, reverse osmosis filters are considered to be a
more environmentally-friendly solution, because the filter housing is
attached to the system and is never thrown away. The cartridges contain
significantly less plastic than pitcher filter or faucet filter
cartridges, so less plastic ends up being thrown in the trash.
Beware of recycling
scams! Some websites that claim to specialize in filter
recycling will charge you an extra fee (above what you'd pay for
shipping costs) to recycle your cartridges. This is often a method
to obtain your information for future sales leads. Going through a
legitimate filter recycling program initiated by your particular
manufacturer is the safest and best way to ensure that the materials
are being properly recycled.
Do not attempt to
do-it-yourself! You may have heard that cutting open your
cartridge, dumping out the filter media and throwing the plastic in
your recycling bin is a safe way to recycle filters from manufacturers
that don't have recycling programs in place. However, the stuff inside
the plastic traps and holds contaminants. Cutting them open may expose
you, your loved ones, and the environment to the toxins that you wanted
to rid from your water in the first place. If no recycling alternative
exists, you are better off throwing away the filter cartridge,
Offset the carbon
footprint of shipping by saving at least six used water
filters before sending them off to be recycled at once.