When you swap expensive bottled water for water filters you are reducing your footprint on the environment and also saving money, but did you know you can also recycle water filters? Now what if we put on our best game show host voice and said: “But wait! There’s more!” Many companies have recycling initiatives that also offer discounts on future water filter purchases or credits toward charity.
Below we will detail a few of these initiatives so you too can get involved. When shipping used filters always remember to dry them out for 3 days, wrap them in a plastic bag, and ship them in the appropriate container. Some programs have rules about how many filters must be sent back at a time.
Remember, your local recycling service may not accept plastics. Don’t put used filters or other #5 plastics in bins if they can not be processed locally. If possible save filters and other plastics for as long as possible and use one of the below programs or take a short trip to the closest recycling center that accepts #5 plastics. The more you take a once means fewer trips and less pollution from your car.
Brita has partnered with TerraCycle to process and reuse 97% of pitchers, dispensers, bottles, faucet systems, filters, and filter packaging and material.
Go signup at Terracycle and print a free shipping label, box up your used filters, and send out the box. For every 2 pounds of Brita products you collect you receive 50 points that can be redeemed towards a charitable gift to the non-profit organization of your choice.
Whirlpool Recycling Program
Whirlpool and g2 revolution are working to give consumers the option of not having to throw out their used refrigerator water filters. Their recycle program is determined to see that as little material possible ends up in landfills. Like the Brita program above, Whirlpool and g2 revolution make it easy to recycle your old water filter, but there are a few difference. First, you will notice that the recycling kit is not free. Before returning your used filter you will need to purchase a Water Filter Recycling Kit for $8.99.
In exchange for the upfront cost of the used filter, you will receive a promo code for 20% plus free shipping on your next participating refrigerator water filter purchase. Try it for yourself over at their website.
Mavea Recycling Program
Mavea’s Take-Back and Recycle Program reuses as much of the used filter as possible to ensure nothing goes into a landfill. This program is free for consumers. Simply print the UPS form and put it on the package. There is a small stipulation that you must send 6 filters at a time.
Zero Water Recycling Program
Zero Water encourages customers to reduce their carbon footprint by filling out their recycling form and returning at least 2 Zero Water filters. In exchange for paying UPS shipping you will receive a coupon code worth $10 on ZeroWater.com.
Preserve Gimme 5 Recycling Program
Preserve is serious about recycling plastics. With bins around shopping center such as Whole Foods Markets, and a mailing program that offers reward points through Recylebank, recycling plastic is convenient and easy.
To find your local Preserve Gimme 5 drop off location, click here.
To mail in your filters, print the label, box up your filters and pay postage, then send them off. Don’t forget your name and email address so you can get your code and start redeeming your earned points.