Recycling Brita filters and print cartridges
Do you know where I can recycle toner cartridges and Brita filters locally?
Brita and Clorox have launched a recycling program on the Brita filters with Preserve. In Northern California, you can actually take them to Whole Foods to be recycled, but in Southern California we still have to mail them in ourselves. Let’s all push to get our local Whole Foods to support this program! Contact our local Whole Foods directly.
In the meantime,
1. Dry the filter by shaking off excess water and setting it in a dry place for at least three days.
2. Wrap the filters in a plastic grocery bag, then pack it in a box. (Boxes and bags will be recycled.) If possible, send multiple filters at a time.
3. Mail filters via ground shipping to:
Preserve Gimme 5
823 NYS Rte 13
Cortland, NY 13045
Preserve will recycle the Brita plastic pitcher filter casings received into Preserve’s eco-friendly, 100 percent recycled products such as toothbrushes, cups and cutting boards. All Preserve plastic products are also recyclable, giving Brita® filter materials a third life. The filter ingredients—activated carbon that reduces chlorine (taste and odor) 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.
For toners and cartridges, there is a drop off bin just inside the entrance at Costco.
Office Depot also offers a program to recycle them.