How and Where to Recycle Brita Filters (and Yes, It’s The Right Thing To Do!)
And here you’ll find out how to recycle your filters after you’ve used them.
Why does EcoExpert like Brita filters? Because you can recycle the filters, and Brita have a good reputation in the marketplace.
Why should I Recycle my Filters? Most filters are made of plastic, and – even worse – of plastic #5, which many recycling plants don’t accept for recycling. So they end up in landfills, and (like all plastic) it lasts forever.
Originally, Brita were recycling in Europe but not in the US. But (hooray!) consumer pressure made them offer recycling options in the US – so let’s show them it’s worthwhile by being sure to recycle your filters – the planet will thank you!
OK, How Do I Recycle My Filters?
Recycling Brita Filters is Easy! You either drop them off in a participating store, or mail them. See below for the details for your country.
What will happen to the filters?
They will be recycled into plastic toothbrush and razor handles, cups and cutting boards. Some parts are recycled into park benches, watering cans, outdoor furniture and bike racks. These can then be recycled again, and so given a third ‘life’. The carbon and contaminants in the filters are regenerated for alternative use.
Here’s how to recycle Brita filters – check for your country below.
Recycle Brita Filters in the USA
Brita have partnered with Terracycle, making it easy for all American customers to recycle Brita filters! And you can earn Brita Reward points too!
Here’s what to do:
- Dry the used filters by shaking off excess water, and leaving them in a dry place for at least 3 days.
- Collect 5 pounds of Brita products that you want to recycle.
- Wrap them in a plastic grocery bag or garbage bag (it will be recycled too) and pack in a box
- Sign in (or create a new – free – account) at Brita’s US website and you’ll be able to print a free shipping label.
- Mail the box, and know you’ve done your part to help reduce the plastic load on the planet!
Recycle Brita Filters In Canada
Brita have partnered with Terracycle, making it easy for all Canadian customers to recycle Brita filters! Here’s what to do:
- Save your Brita pitchers, dispensers, bottles, faucet systems, filters and filter packaging, and place them into a box.
- Download a pre-paid UPS shipping label from your TerraCycle account – it willl be sent to your email. Print out your label and tape it securely onto your box.
- Ship the box to TerraCycle by calling UPS at 1-800-742-5877 and scheduling a pick up for the next business day. Or drop off your parcel at any UPS location.
- For shipments weighing over 1 lb, you will receive 100 TerraCycle points per pound of waste. These points can be donated to any non-profit organization or school of your choice, including Brita’s charity partner, ME to WE, which will help provide clean water access to someone who needs it.
- You’ve done your bit for sustainability!
Recycle Brita Filters In the UK and Ireland
Brita has partnered with a number of high street retailers to provide a BRITA Retail Recycling scheme across the UK that makes it really easy to recycle your Brita filters! Just drop off the filter at participating stores – including Boots and Argos.
- Look for the blue Brita recycle box in your favourite shops, OR
- Contact BRITACare on 0844 742 4800
- OR simply enter your postcode into this recycling locator.
Recycle Brita Filters In Europe
Brita is headquartered in Germany. You can:.
- Go to this site and find a dealer near you. Ask them how to recycle your filter. (Many shops have a recycling box).
- Or phone this Customer Care number: 0800 – 500 18 18
Recycle Brita Filters In Australia
Edit – Feb 2019 – France from Australia has just updated me. She phoned Brita Australia and was told that Australians can recycle the filters in your kerbside recycling scheme IF you cut them open and empty out the contents first.
It’s not ideal, but it’s definitely better than nothing! Thanks France for the update!
Well, this is frustrating! Brita Australia talk about how careful they are about their environmental impact – but they don’t seem to provide a way for Australian consumers to recycle their filters.
An Australian lady started a petition to Brita to start recycling – Brita however said there was insufficient interest by consumers. The petition was later closed as it only received 53 signatures (it needed 10,000). Sigh.
Recycle Brita Water Filters in South Africa
Sadly, I was unable to find any options. If anyone knows, please let me know in the Comments below!
Many countries offer easy ways to recycle your water filters, and some take back the packaging too. It’s so much more green and eco friendly to use a water filter instead of buying bottled water (and it’s miles cheaper too). So carry on doing your bit for the planet by recycling your filters after use – they can be made into all sorts of useful products. Plus, you’ll be keeping nasty plastic out of landfills.
See below for more information on water filters.
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Editor’s Note: This article has been updated with new information (January 2018).
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