We see a lot of questions about where to recycle water filters. Unfortunately, there is not a clear answer to this, but we do have some information that can help.
Some recycling companies will not accept plastics that do not have a recycling triangle symbol, but some companies will accept all plastic. Most filters are not usually marked with the recycling triangle, so we recommend checking with your local recycling center to confirm whether they can recycle the filter you have.
If you would like recycling information on certain types of water filters, we’ve done some research about recycling programs for branded filters:
Where to recycle MAVEA Filters
Their website clearly states that they no longer have a recycling program. They recommend reviewing your municipal regulations to determine whether their filters can be recycled with your household recycling.
Where to recycle PUR Water Filters
The PUR website has a feature where you can enter your zip code to find a drop-off location near you. Click here and scroll down. If you do not have a drop-off location near you, please check with your local recycling facility to see if they will accept PUR water filters.
Where to recycle Brita Filters
According to the Brita website, they have partnered with Terracycle. To sign up for the program, click here.
Where to Recycle ZeroWater Filters
ZeroWater encourages customers to reduce their carbon footprint by filling out their recycling form and returning at least two ZeroWater 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 filters and other water filters
We recommend ALWAYS checking with your local recycling facility to ensure that you can recycle your water filters with them.
Things to remember when recycling water filters:
Don’t do-it-yourself DO NOT open the cartridge and dump out the filter media to make it easier to recycle. The media inside is designed to trap contaminants and cutting into your filter can expose you and your loved ones to toxins.
Do your research Some recycling websites that will scam you and charge you extra fees to recycle your cartridges. Do your homework to ensure that the recycling program is initiated by the filter manufacturer and is the safest and best way to properly recycle your filter.
Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments!
That is a great question! We would recommend reaching out Terracycle or Brita to confirm.
Thank you for your feedback.
S Rice says
Is it only the name brand? Or will Brita accept Brita type (store brand/other) filters?
What about the others?
Saul Berg says
This information was barely useful.