Recycling Brita filters and print cartridges

Do you know where I can recycle toner cartridges and Brita filters locally?
Thanks! Agnes

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.


  1. You can take printer cartridges to Staples. They will take HP, Epson, and several other brands AND GIVE YOU A $3 Staples store credit (they mail it to you). You can take up to 10 cartriges a month. That's $30 in your pocket!!

  2. Look at the great response I just got from Whole Foods!When you are in the store, let them know how excited we are and that we are anxious to use it!

    Hello Sherri,

    Thank you for taking the time to contact us; it is always a pleasure to know that our customers support us in our commitment to our communities and environment. We are currently in the process of bringing Preserves 'Gimme 5' program as well as a cork recycling and program into our region and hope to have it in place very soon. We greatly appreciate your support of Whole Foods Market and encourage you to continue helping us be a better store with your comments and questions, I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

    Best regards,
    Customer Service Administrator
    Whole Foods Market - Southern Pacific Region

  3. Sherri, You are awesome! Thank you for everything you do.
    Dinah Berland

  4. Dinah - you are so sweet - thank you! Honestly, I just love it and happen to be pretty obsessive. Mainly I am truly in love with our community and it is so exciting to see what we can make happen :)