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Recycling Brita filters in Australia

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10:22 am
July 14, 2011


marea

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Has anyone else found a way to recycle Brita filters? For anyone who has not heard of them, they are used to purify drinking water.

Well, I've had a couple of used filters sitting on the kitchen bench for some time while I get around to finding out how to recycle them.

I finally went to their international website and saw that they have arrangements for recycling in the U.S. Their Australian website though didn't indicate scope for recycling and so I rang them up today. They confirmed that they don't recycle in Australia because it's a big country and they would use a lot of fuel to pick up all the filters. Also, apparently they would have to separate out the hard plastic from the carbon material inside. When I mentioned the arrangements that photocopying companies have for recycling of cartridges, they said that there wouldn't be anywhere near the same number of Brita filters being sold to justify it.

Anyway, I feel quite annoyed that I can't recycle these filters and so won't buy any more in future.

Unless anyone else has ideas for recycling them???

12:18 pm
July 15, 2011


marea

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Post edited 12:19 pm – July 15, 2011 by marea


I must admit that both the international and Australian offices of Brita were quick to respond to my query about recycling. Here is the response from the Australian office:

"Whilst we understand your concern for recycling of our filter cartridges, it is not a viable option at this point in time.

"Environmental responsibility is central to BRITA's philosophy and therefore we have developed the world's first household water filter cartridge recycling unit in Europe , where all components are reused. In the next few years BRITA will extend this into countries where the benefit outweighs the transport cost to the environment. 

"Please be reassured that recycling of filters is firmly on our agenda in Australia and New Zealand.

"Australia has its own challenges though – we need to collect cartridges over a
vast country and also need to secure sufficient volumes to justify the volumes required to run large furnaces. We are currently in discussions with our retail partners and recycling experts.

"When recycling is up and running in Australia and New Zealand , we will be
alerting our valued customers to this service on our website, http://www.brita.com.au

"Your BRITA jug can be put out for recycling if your council has plastic recycling. However, it is not graded for recycling at this stage. We feel that by owning a BRITA, the amount of bottled water that we prevent from being dumped (150 litre bottles for every BRITA cartridge) is a significant eco benefit."

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