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North Americans: You can recycle Brita filters now!

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Mar. 15th, 2009 | 03:24 pm
location: Boston, MA, United States
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posted by: ftmichael in frugalgreen

In case folks weren't aware of this, http://takebackthefilter.org/ was a success, and recycling for Brita filters is now available to people in North America. (It's been available for Europe for ages, since Brita is a German company.)

You can now recycle your used Brita filters via the Preserve Gimme 5 program, which recycles polypropylene (plastic with a number 5 on the bottom).

From http://preserveproducts.com/recycling/britafilters.html :

  1. Dry the filter by shaking off excess water and setting it in a dry place for at least three days.

  2. Wrap the filter in a plastic grocery bag, which will be recycled at the Preserve Gimme 5 destination.

  3. Click here to find a drop-off location. Drop the wrapped filter in the Preserve Gimme 5 bin.

If there isn't a Preserve Gimme 5 location near you, simply mail your filter via ground shipping to:
Preserve Gimme 5
823 NYS ROUTE 13
CORTLAND NY 13045-8835

Preserve will recycle each collected Brita® plastic pitcher filter casing into new Preserve products. The filter ingredients — activated carbon that reduces chlorine (taste and odour) and ion exchange resin that reduces lead, mercury, copper, and cadmium and zinc that might be found in tap water* — will be regenerated for alternative use or converted into energy.

*Substances reduced may not be in all users’ water.

Preserve has calculated that the benefits of keeping Brita® filters out of landfills and making them into Preserve products outweigh the impact of shipping them for recycling through this program. Read more about the environmental benefits of Preserve Plastic™ here.

Please note that, at this time, Preserve can only accept Brita® pitcher filters for recycling. No other brands are currently recycled by Preserve.

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