Green Reader Tip: Recycling Used Brita Filters

Green Reader Tip: Recycling Used Brita Filters

Anthony Nguyen
Jul 30, 2010

It seems just recently we've been witnessing a surge of interest in solutions for greener living, including water filtration methods, digital media hoarding, and other Re-Nest-esque topics. This is a good thing. And what's even better are the great tips our readers have been sharing with us. Here's what reader sygyzy recommends for recycling used Brita filters in our recent post covering the top water filtration solutions.

While Brita has made a big name for themselves in the water filtration industry, the biggest gripe many have with their brand is the amount of filters one goes through in a short amount of time.

On average, the majority of Brita pitcher filters have a capacity of 40 gallons while on-tap filters are approximately 100 gallons. You'll be surprised how many gallons of water you go through in a month and replacing those plastic filters can produce plenty of extra trash in your local landfill despite your good intentions not purchasing any more water bottles.

To reduce the level of irony in your green lifestyle, we recommend:

Visiting Brita's recycling page or simply going directly to Preserve Product's "Gimme 5 locations" to locate a recycling center nearest you. Simply collect them in a small bag/box and drop the filters off at allocated centers. The recycling crew will take care of the rest.

Hopefully that'll curb the number of filters you're currently throwing in the trash and make you feel a little bit better about drinking cleaner water while being sensible to your environment.

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