How To Recycle Brita Filters (Easy!)

How and Where to Recycle Brita Filters (and Yes, It’s The Right Thing To Do!)

 

As you know from my blogs on water filters, how to choose the best one for YOUR water, and which is the best type of filter, my favourite brand of carbon filter is Brita.

And here you’ll find out how to recycle your filters after you’ve used them.

recycle brita filters pitcher jug waterHow do you know if you’ve got a carbon filter?  If it’s an in-fridge, pitcher (jug), or faucet (tap) filter, it’s most likely a carbon filter.

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.

Interesting Point!

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? 

brita filters are recycled into many things including park benchesThey 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.

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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:

  1. Dry the used filters by shaking off excess water, and leaving them in a dry place for at least 3 days.
  2. Collect 5 pounds of Brita products that you want to recycle.
  3. Wrap them in a plastic grocery bag or garbage bag (it will be recycled too) and pack in a box
  4. Sign in (or create a new – free – account) at Brita’s US website and you’ll be able to print a free shipping label.
  5. 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:

First, create a TerraCycle account at www.terracycle.ca and join the free Brita Recycling Program.

  1. Save your Brita pitchers, dispensers, bottles, faucet systems, filters and filter packaging, and place them into a box.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

You can:

  • 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.
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Recycle Brita Filters In Europe

Brita is headquartered in Germany. You can:.

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!

Summary

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.

Warm regards,

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Editor’s Note: This article has been updated with new information (January 2018).

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  • Ralph 17th February 2018, 9:04 PM

    I cannot seem to find a way to recycle Brita filters from Montreal, Canada. Why should I not believe that the Terracycle website is just a vehicle for mining personal information when they inform me after I have jumped through all the hoops of registering that they have no more ‘slots’ available. Very unimpressed! I no longer use Brita filters because their useful life have drastically decreased and now I have these recycling issues to boot! Bah!

    • Clare Delaney 19th February 2018, 2:48 PM

      That’s terrible Ralph! I hope you have let them know, because that’s really unacceptable. I’m really sorry to read that.

  • Donna Deneault 20th January 2018, 3:03 AM

    We are not able to send comments without picking a product. I did not have a problem with a product. I had a problem with not being able to return used filters the normal way, with a PrePaid Label. I selected “How to return Brita Filters in Canada” – your website says click on “prepaid shipping label and bar code” – However, this feature does NOT work ???

    • Clare Delaney 23rd January 2018, 4:39 PM

      Hello Donna, thanks for your comment! I’m not sure what you mean when you talk about choosing a product – This EcoFriendlyLink website is not associated in any way with Brita. We help people live more sustainable lives – and one way to do that is to recycle water filters.
      This article was quite old, so I have updated it with new information. For Canada you can now recycle Brita cartridges via Terracycle, all the details are now there. Hope this helps!

  • Mixed Gems 13th August 2017, 4:16 AM

    Hello. Not sure if you are still updating this post, but just to confirm as of July 2017, there are STILL no ways to recycle these filters in Australia (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10155429400189719&set=p.10155429400189719&type=3&theater). It’s very disappointing to know this. I won’t be buying anymore.

    • Clare Delaney 14th August 2017, 5:10 PM

      I agree, that is extremely disappointing. Brita’s comment is that there is insufficient demand in Australia. I find that hard to believe – but a petition was started to request recycling facilities. It needed 10,000 signatures, and got just 30. So perhaps I can see where Brita is coming from. Even so, it is ridiculous that a large company cannot set up recycling in at least the major cities in Australia. If they want to be viewed as a caring, eco-friendly company, it’s the least they can do. Thanks for your comment – I’ll keep an eye out, and please update me if you find out any more.

  • Annie Born 3rd October 2011, 4:08 AM

    What an awesome informative post!
    Thank you so much for all this amazing info.
    Interesting the recycle of Brita starting too.

    Create a great day!
    Time to Care for the Caregiver Now?

  • Internet Dating Success Tips 3rd October 2011, 3:12 AM

    Hi Green Goddess,

    Oh Praise God, there are Whole Food Markets everywhere in the United States. Excellent. Thank you so much for including where to go to recycle your brita filters in you fabulous eco-friendly blog. You THE Green Goddess, Loving the Earth, for sure!

    Oh, and I had no idea about the plastic yogurt containers! We reuse all of that stuff for ages afterwards but do eventually have some to throw out. THIS is now on my radar screen. I’ll have to plug this over at Facebook. Because when I lived in San Francisco, I was pretty fantastic about recycling. They had an amazing curbside recycling program that included paper like for all the junk mail we get, just rip the plastic window out of envelopes, and they were all recyclable curbside. Easy Peasy. I love easy peasy. But not everywhere else has been quite so amazing about making it easy for people to recycle. And yet with Whole Food Markets all over the place, this is an incredibly useful and super relevant helpful post about practical ways to be green for just about anyone in The States at least with Whole Foods Markets likely within a reasonable driving distance of where they live.

    Happy Dating and Relationships,

    April Braswell

  • The Knowledge Stylist 3rd October 2011, 1:59 AM

    That’s awesome info…I never knew Brita filters could be recycled, and I use them all the time. I’m definitely going to make sure to recycle them now. Thanks for the info.

    TKS

  • John Moulder 2nd October 2011, 4:59 PM

    News to me also about recycling Brita filters . Must have a look at work , as Brita filters a in one of the departments I look after .

  • Andrew Miner 2nd October 2011, 10:46 AM

    I had no idea you could recycle Brita filters. Thanks for the heads up.

    Andrew

  • Michael Paulse 2nd October 2011, 8:58 AM

    Clare, Thanks. I use my Brita water jug every day. I love the idea of recycling the filters.

  • Dennis Perry 2nd October 2011, 7:00 AM

    Clare,

    This is very helpful information. I use a Brita Filter and have not been recycling the filters. Now I will and there is a Whole Foods near my home.

    Dennis

  • Neil Dhawan 2nd October 2011, 6:55 AM

    Clare,

    As usual, you go above and beyond service to make sure the planet is kept eco-friendly. I really appreciate how you took the time to make sure that, no matter where one live, there is a place we can recycle our Brita filters.

    Stay Amazing and Do Extraordinary Things, Neil

  • Sonya Lenzo 2nd October 2011, 4:33 AM

    Angelina really likes bottled water but she is kinda lazy about carrying them home and she isn’t into recycling them. I was thinking of switching to Brita but looks like we can’t recycle them here….I will just have to sneak them in to the luggage of people going back to the states!
    Sonya Lenzo

  • Body Language 2nd October 2011, 1:59 AM

    Pretty amazing that customer pressure caused Brita to expand recycling services. Just shows what a collective people can do, eh?

    Why is #5 one of the harder plastics to recycle? how many #’s are there, and how many are difficult to recycle?

    Mark Hogan

  • Eva Palmer 2nd October 2011, 12:16 AM

    Clare this is a very helpful information. I would not have known how to recycle my filters otherwise.

  • Kevin Bettencourt 1st October 2011, 11:09 PM

    The EcoExpert hit the nail on the head today. A lot of people don’t know the difference between plastics or gimme 5. You have made the steps to recycle Brita filters so easy a person would have to be down right disrepectful not to do so.

    .

  • Rob Malone 1st October 2011, 1:15 PM

    Thanks Clare, I didn’ know you could recycle Brita filters. Once again you have gone the extra mile and researched this thoroughly.

    I saw something last night on how they are starting, or possibly just starting to look into, using termites in decomposing land fills. I would love to know more about this.

  • Body language secrets 1st October 2011, 10:47 AM

    Recycling water filters can be a good eco friendly thing to do.
    Scott Sylvan Bell

  • Michael D. Walker 1st October 2011, 10:13 AM

    Thanks for more great information about water filtration. It’s not a subject I knew much about until I read your posts!

    Michael

  • Cherie Miranda 1st October 2011, 10:11 AM

    Thank you, Clare. I didn’t know you could recycle Brita filters. I’ve been thinking of investing in a second pitcher, and I’ll be sure to make it Brita based on your information.

    Cherie Miranda

  • Ralph says:

    I cannot seem to find a way to recycle Brita filters from Montreal, Canada. Why should I not believe that the Terracycle website is just a vehicle for mining personal information when they inform me after I have jumped through all the hoops of registering that they have no more ‘slots’ available. Very unimpressed! I no longer use Brita filters because their useful life have drastically decreased and now I have these recycling issues to boot! Bah!

  • […] And if you do have a water filter, see if you can recycle it where you live. […]

  • Donna Deneault says:

    We are not able to send comments without picking a product. I did not have a problem with a product. I had a problem with not being able to return used filters the normal way, with a PrePaid Label. I selected “How to return Brita Filters in Canada” – your website says click on “prepaid shipping label and bar code” – However, this feature does NOT work ???

    • Hello Donna, thanks for your comment! I’m not sure what you mean when you talk about choosing a product – This EcoFriendlyLink website is not associated in any way with Brita. We help people live more sustainable lives – and one way to do that is to recycle water filters.
      This article was quite old, so I have updated it with new information. For Canada you can now recycle Brita cartridges via Terracycle, all the details are now there. Hope this helps!

  • Mixed Gems says:

    Hello. Not sure if you are still updating this post, but just to confirm as of July 2017, there are STILL no ways to recycle these filters in Australia (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10155429400189719&set=p.10155429400189719&type=3&theater). It’s very disappointing to know this. I won’t be buying anymore.

    • I agree, that is extremely disappointing. Brita’s comment is that there is insufficient demand in Australia. I find that hard to believe – but a petition was started to request recycling facilities. It needed 10,000 signatures, and got just 30. So perhaps I can see where Brita is coming from. Even so, it is ridiculous that a large company cannot set up recycling in at least the major cities in Australia. If they want to be viewed as a caring, eco-friendly company, it’s the least they can do. Thanks for your comment – I’ll keep an eye out, and please update me if you find out any more.

  • […] now you know that the “gimme 5” slogan is used to collect polypropylene items for […]

  • Annie Born says:

    What an awesome informative post!
    Thank you so much for all this amazing info.
    Interesting the recycle of Brita starting too.

    Create a great day!
    Time to Care for the Caregiver Now?

  • Internet Dating Success Tips says:

    Hi Green Goddess,

    Oh Praise God, there are Whole Food Markets everywhere in the United States. Excellent. Thank you so much for including where to go to recycle your brita filters in you fabulous eco-friendly blog. You THE Green Goddess, Loving the Earth, for sure!

    Oh, and I had no idea about the plastic yogurt containers! We reuse all of that stuff for ages afterwards but do eventually have some to throw out. THIS is now on my radar screen. I’ll have to plug this over at Facebook. Because when I lived in San Francisco, I was pretty fantastic about recycling. They had an amazing curbside recycling program that included paper like for all the junk mail we get, just rip the plastic window out of envelopes, and they were all recyclable curbside. Easy Peasy. I love easy peasy. But not everywhere else has been quite so amazing about making it easy for people to recycle. And yet with Whole Food Markets all over the place, this is an incredibly useful and super relevant helpful post about practical ways to be green for just about anyone in The States at least with Whole Foods Markets likely within a reasonable driving distance of where they live.

    Happy Dating and Relationships,

    April Braswell

  • The Knowledge Stylist says:

    That’s awesome info…I never knew Brita filters could be recycled, and I use them all the time. I’m definitely going to make sure to recycle them now. Thanks for the info.

    TKS

  • John Moulder says:

    News to me also about recycling Brita filters . Must have a look at work , as Brita filters a in one of the departments I look after .

  • Andrew Miner says:

    I had no idea you could recycle Brita filters. Thanks for the heads up.

    Andrew

  • Michael Paulse says:

    Clare, Thanks. I use my Brita water jug every day. I love the idea of recycling the filters.

  • Dennis Perry says:

    Clare,

    This is very helpful information. I use a Brita Filter and have not been recycling the filters. Now I will and there is a Whole Foods near my home.

    Dennis

  • Neil Dhawan says:

    Clare,

    As usual, you go above and beyond service to make sure the planet is kept eco-friendly. I really appreciate how you took the time to make sure that, no matter where one live, there is a place we can recycle our Brita filters.

    Stay Amazing and Do Extraordinary Things, Neil

  • Sonya Lenzo says:

    Angelina really likes bottled water but she is kinda lazy about carrying them home and she isn’t into recycling them. I was thinking of switching to Brita but looks like we can’t recycle them here….I will just have to sneak them in to the luggage of people going back to the states!
    Sonya Lenzo

  • Body Language says:

    Pretty amazing that customer pressure caused Brita to expand recycling services. Just shows what a collective people can do, eh?

    Why is #5 one of the harder plastics to recycle? how many #’s are there, and how many are difficult to recycle?

    Mark Hogan

  • Eva Palmer says:

    Clare this is a very helpful information. I would not have known how to recycle my filters otherwise.

  • Kevin Bettencourt says:

    The EcoExpert hit the nail on the head today. A lot of people don’t know the difference between plastics or gimme 5. You have made the steps to recycle Brita filters so easy a person would have to be down right disrepectful not to do so.

    .

  • Rob Malone says:

    Thanks Clare, I didn’ know you could recycle Brita filters. Once again you have gone the extra mile and researched this thoroughly.

    I saw something last night on how they are starting, or possibly just starting to look into, using termites in decomposing land fills. I would love to know more about this.

  • Body language secrets says:

    Recycling water filters can be a good eco friendly thing to do.
    Scott Sylvan Bell

  • Michael D. Walker says:

    Thanks for more great information about water filtration. It’s not a subject I knew much about until I read your posts!

    Michael

  • Cherie Miranda says:

    Thank you, Clare. I didn’t know you could recycle Brita filters. I’ve been thinking of investing in a second pitcher, and I’ll be sure to make it Brita based on your information.

    Cherie Miranda