San Francisco water is pretty good, but I do like it better after it goes through the Brita filter. I carry around my own water bottle filled up from the filter when I go out. So that’s all good. But then there’s the problem of the filter.
Unfortunately, the Brita filter is not recyclable.
When a filter has expired it can be placed in the refrigerator for the next month or so to absorb odours (such as cheese, onions, garlic).
I wonder if that’s true? Can’t hurt to try. But what happens after that?
The Take Back The Filter campaign! Its goal is to get Clorox to take back and recycle the Brita water filter cartridges. After all, it’s the #1 filter in the US. That’s a lot of filters in landfill.
Apparently, the Brita company is originally European, and was acquired by Oakland, California-based CLOROX. In Europe, Brita has a take-back program for its filters. (Producer take-back programs are more common in Europe, by the way.) But Clorox doesn’t have one in the US or Canada.
Take Back The Filter has a petition you can sign to support the cause. They are also collecting used Brita filters, so you can send them to: