Where can I recycle water filter cartridges?
When it comes to buying and replacing water filters for your home, the last thing many of us think about is how to dispose of them. How many of you have just thrown your old, used water filter in the trash after you have replaced it with a new one?
In this day and age, more and more people are concerned about the environmental impact that they are making each time they choose whether to throw something in the trash or recycle it. Which means that many people are choosing to invest in an in-home water filtration system rather than buying bottled water. Why?
1. Because it’s cheaper.
2. Because it’s safer.
3. Because it’s better for the environment.
We’ve seen an influx of questions from people asking where they can recycle their used water and refrigerator filters, so we decided to provide you with the most up-to-date list we can. Please note, that the recycling landscape is constantly changing, so please confirm with your local recycling center or filter manufacturer to find out where you can recycle your filters.
Where to recycle Everpure Filters
Where to recycle MAVEA Filters
Although we carry very few MAVEA products, we thought that they were worth including. Their website clearly states that they no longer have a recycling program. See here. They recommend reviewing your municipal regulations to determine whether their filters can be recycled with your household recycling.
Where to recycle PUR Water Filters
PUR does not have a recycling program in place at this time, however, we did find that they had partnered with TerraCycle, but the program is full. Please check with your local recycling facility to see if they will accept PUR water filters.
Where to recycle Brita Filters
Where to recycle Reverse Osmosis Filters
Since Reverse Osmosis Filter cartridges contain significantly less plastic than other filter cartridges, they are non-hazardous and okay to dispose of in the garbage according to this website.
Where to recycle refrigerator, sink and other water filters
We applaud you for being environmentally conscious and wanting to dispose of your used water filter in the correct way, but this can be a very tricky task. We recommend ALWAYS checking with your local recycling facility to ensure that you can recycle your water filters with them.
Other things to think about when it comes to recycling your water filters
Look out for scams There are some recycling websites out there that will charge you extra fees to recycle your cartridges. Make sure you do your homework in ensuring that the recycling program initiated by the filter manufacturer and is the safest and best way to properly recycle your filters.
Don’t do-it-yourself Do not, we repeat, DO NOT open your cartridge and dump out the filter media to make it easier for you to recycle. The media inside is designed to trap contaminants and cutting into your filter can expose you and your loved ones to the toxins that you were trying to get rid of.
Save money on shipping by saving as many water filters as you can before sending them off to be recycled.
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