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After a long time of regular use, you might want to know how to dispose of Brita filters that you no longer wish to use. Brita filters are an excellent solution for filtering drinking water, and you can now easily get rid of them. Since they are made of type ‘5’ plastic (polypropylene), which many recycling and eco-friendly companies find hard to recycle and thus opt to keep away from, Brita filters are a threat to the environment if not disposed of properly.
Furthermore, after prolonged use, they may have accumulated contaminants like chlorine, arsenic, radium, and lead. These contaminants are harmful when released the wrong way into the environment. This article discusses some of the ways you can safely and responsibly dispose of your Brita water filters.
Send to TerraCycle for Recycling
TerraCycle has been offering turnaround recycling solutions to companies for products that are considered hard to recycle. Brita teamed up with TerraCycle to ensure its carbon water filters are recycled to reduce their pollutant effect on the environment.
The partnership has made recycling Brita filters possible in several locations such as the USA, United Kingdom, Europe, Canada, and Ireland. You can send your Brita filters to TerraCycle or Brita and earn reward points while at it!
Brita acknowledges the TerraCycle-Brita partnership and explains the recycling process on its website:
“Brita has partnered with TerraCycle to collect and recycle used Brita water filters, products and packaging. This program allows consumers to collect their used water filters and ship them to TerraCycle to be recycled, for free! The collected filters will be processed and recycled into various new plastic products, such as playgrounds, outdoor furniture and industrial shipping pallets. The filter ingredients, including activated carbon, can be reactivated for use in filters again, or used as a black colorant in plastic products.”
Throw Them Responsibly into Your Bin
If for one reason or another, you can’t ship your waste Brita filters to TerraCycle for recycling, you can responsibly throw them into your trash can or wheelie bin. However, this is a risky method since the accumulated contaminants on the filter can easily find their way back into water sources, thus endangering the lives of humans, plants, and wildlife.
The best way to reduce the chances of contaminating other waste or the environment through Brita filters thrown into the trash bin is to wrap them up in protective material.
Conserve Energy Future explains how to dispose of Brita filters in an environmentally friendly manner when using the trash bin method:
“The last option for your Brita filter is for you to throw it in the trash. While this is not always the best thing to do, you can dispose of your filters in harmless ways. When trashing your filter, put in a plastic bag, seal it off, and place it in your garbage can. This way, you’ll prevent the contaminants in your filter from reaching other objects.”
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