Recycling Water Filters Just Got Fluid

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Using a water filter, whether to improve the taste of your water or to filter out contaminants, isn’t that hard to do. What has been difficult, though, is trying to justify throwing out all of the filters into the trash. And, according to The Washington Post, 40% of Americans use a home water-treatment unit.

Pour, drink, recycle, repeat  

For avid recyclers, it seemed like one of those things that you just had to send to the landfills. Until now.  TerraCycle, the company that seems to figure out a way to recycle all of those hard-to-recycle items (such as coffee capsules and cigarette butts), has created a recycling program to collect PUR and Brita water filters.

TerraCycle Brita Brigade and PUR Brigade

Terracycle now collects PUR (pictured) and Brita water filters for recycling. Image source.

Here’s how it works:

  • Individuals or organizations, such as schools or community groups, sign up at TerraCycle to create a recycling program for either PUR or Brita water filters and accessories. Signing up is free, and you will have a free shipping label that will be paid by the brand.
  • Then, just set up a collection point for Brita or PUR pitchers, dispensers, bottles, faucet filtration systems and adapters, all filters and filter packaging.
  • Shipments can be any size, no matter how small or large.
  • TIP – Shippers will not accept dripping packages so remember to dry filters before packing.

Not only is the TerraCycle Brita Brigade and PUR Brigade a great way to keep waste out of the landfills, it’s also a way to earn money for non-profits, such as charity or a school of your choice. The more that you recycle through TerraCycle, the more TerraCycle points you will earn. Those points can be turned into cash payments for a charity or school, or used for a charity gift, such as providing fresh drinking water or planting trees.

Water filters are effective at reducing the amount of plastic bottles used every year. For each Brita water filter used, it is estimated that 300 plastic water bottles are saved. With the new TerraCycle recycling program, using a water filter can now be a 100 percent waste-free solution to reducing that plastic consumption.

Terracycle details that collected Brita and PUR brand filters are recycled or upcycled into various products such as park benches and other plastic-based items.

TerraCycle Brita Brigade and PUR Brigade

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Not just material waste

Using water filters at home to filter out contaminants and improve water taste also saves money, too. PUR estimates that the cost to filter water with their system is 3 cents per liter, compared to bottled water which costs around 44 cents per liter.

Less waste – and less financial waste. We’ll drink to that.

Looking to recycle other materials? You’ll want check out our very own Recycle Search too.

Feature image courtesy of Sonny Abesamis

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Kimberly Button is the author of The Everything Guide to a Healthy Home and the Editor-in-Chief of GetGreenBeWell , featuring modern, sane ideas for living a non-toxic life. A professional journalist for nearly two decades, Button has written for magazines such as Martha Stewart's Whole Living, American Airlines, AAA, Sierra, National Geographic Traveler, and Vegetarian Times. Visit KimButton.com for more information.

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