How to Recycle Brita Water Filters

Written by irene a. blake
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Brita manufactures filters for Brita pitchers and dispensers, faucets and refrigerators. While most municipal, kerbside and private recycling programs don’t accept Brita filters, Brita has partnered with Preserve, a company that produces recycled plastic consumer products. Preserve will recycle all materials including the outer polypropylene (PP) #5 plastic pitcher cartridge casings and inner activated carbon and ion exchange resin from Brita pitcher filters through its Gimme 5 recycling program. Recycling the pitcher filters isn’t difficult and only requires that you use a Preserve recycling bin or mail the filters directly to Preserve.

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Things you need

  • Cloths
  • Plastic grocery bags
  • Shipping boxes (optional)

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  1. 1

    Remove the used Brita filter from your Brita pitcher.

  2. 2

    Shake the excess water from your used Brita filter and wipe the water from the exterior of the cartridge with a cloth.

  3. 3

    Set the filter aside on a dry cloth and wait approximately three days for the filter to dry out.

  4. 4

    Wrap the filter in a plastic grocery bag.

  5. 5

    Drop the wrapped filter off in a Preserve recycling bin at a designated drop-off location. Check Preserve's Gimme 5 website for locations (see Resources). You may also pack it in a shipping box and ground ship mail it to:

    Preserve Gimme 5

    823 NYS Rte 13

    Cortland, NY 13045

Tips and warnings

  • If recycling by mail, save on postage by storing your used filters and then shipping several filters at once instead of one at a time.
  • Brita has also arranged a discount program through Preserve to purchase consumer products made from the recycled cartridges. After shopping on the Preserve product website, type “Brita” in the discount code field when you finish your order.
  • Never drop off or mail wet filters.

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