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Brita® Recycling Program - FAQ

Recycle Brita® packaging through this program.

Participating locations
9,690
Available locations
710
Waste recycled
25,352

Please see the below image for examples of waste that are accepted through this program program. You may download this image as a useful poster by clicking here.

Brita Brigade Accepted Waste

Brita Brigade Accepted Waste

Brita® Recycling Program accepted waste:

  1. Brita® pitchers
  2. Brita® bottles
  3. All types of Brita® filters
  4. Brita® faucet filtration systems
  5. Brita® filter packaging
  6. Brita® dispensers

This specific Brigade is brand-specific, which means you can only recycle packaging of this particular brand. Please refer to the accepted waste poster for the types of waste that are accepted.

No, your shipment can be any size. However, you must ship at least 2 lbs of Brita® waste to earn 50 TerraCycle points per pound received. Remember, the shipment size requirement is applicable only if you would like to earn TerraCycle points.

If your shipment weighs over 2 lbs, then each pound of Brita® waste your location sends in will earn your account 50 TerraCycle points per pound. These points are redeemable for a charitable gift, funding towards a not-for-profit or school of your choice, or TerraCycle product bundles. Since this program solves for all Brita® waste, the incentive will be based on weight rather than number of units.

No, you do not need to clean the waste before sending it in to TerraCycle. However, please remove as much of the remaining product as possible before shipping. And please remember, UPS will not accept dripping packages, so make sure your waste is dry prior to shipping.

Unfortunately, we do not have a Spotlight Location for this program.

We welcome anyone from almost any organization to join in our recycling efforts! There are some practical considerations to keep in mind, however. For example, our programs are not designed to accommodate recycling centers.

TerraCycle programs are open to all U.S. States EXCEPT for Alaska and Hawaii. If you live in Alaska or Hawaii, your account will be automatically deactivated and your location will not be able to print or request labels. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to have programs running in those states and territories in the future.

If you live in another country, please visit the TerraCycle World Map to see if you can recycle with TerraCycle in your country.

TerraCycle runs completely free recycling solutions that are made possible by our brand partners. For a complete list of our Brigade programs, click here.

To encourage more people to recycle with you, try using some of the resources specific to this Brigade:

You may also want to use the guides and posters found under the Tools & Resources section of the website.

After you have joined a TerraCycle free recycling program, you may print a free, pre-paid shipping label by going to the "Collection Programs" tab on your account. Please note that you will need to be logged in to your TerraCycle account to print shipping labels.

For most of our Brigade programs, you can earn a TerraCycle point donation per unit of waste recycled with TerraCycle. For example, in the Drink Pouch Brigade you can earn approximately two TerraCycle points per drink pouch you recycle with us.

Some Brigade programs have shipment size requirements to earn TerraCycle points, but you do not have to meet these requirements if you do not wish to receive TerraCycle points. All shipment sizes may be shipped completely for free and your waste will still be recycled, you simply won’t earn the point donation.

There is a minimum of 1,000 points or $10 needed to redeem for a cash donation. You can redeem your points at any time for one of TerraCycle's charitable gifts or towards a cash donation to any non-profit, school, or charitable organization of your choice.

Cash donations are mailed directly to the charity in June and December. All cash donations requested between May 1st and October 31st will be disbursed in December. All cash donations requested between November 1st and April 30th will be disbursed in June.

You will need to provide:

  1. A contact person to oversee the programs at your location
  2. A valid email address

That’s it!

Please note: When you sign up for TerraCycle you need to complete one more step before you can start recycling. You have to join at least one of our programs. When you join a free recycling program you can begin recycling that waste stream and earning any applicable rewards.

If you wish for your school or charitable organization to be the recipient of a cash donation, make sure you have its Tax ID # handy. Then, follow the steps below:

  1. Log in to your account.
  2. Select the “My Impact” tab on your account profile.
  3. Select “Add new charity."
  4. Search for your school or charity to see if it already exists in our database.
  5. If it doesn’t exist, complete the form with your school or charity’s information.

Please note: If you do not enter the correct tax ID number for your school or charity, TerraCycle will be unable to disburse payments. A federal tax ID number will be formatted XX-XXXXXXX. Please be sure that you do not have the state sales tax exempt number.

You do not have to donate your points to a school or charity in order to participate in TerraCycle programs. You can choose to redeem your points towards one of TerraCycle's charitable gifts or you may search through our database of approved charities. You may also redeem your TerraCycle points for TerraCycle products and collection materials.

You do not have to donate to a charitable organization to participate in TerraCycle programs.

You can choose to redeem your points towards one of TerraCycle's charitable gifts or you may search through our database of approved charities. You may also redeem your TerraCycle points for TerraCycle products and collection materials.

You can distribute your points any way that you would like. You simply have to add each charity or school that you would like to donate points.

Points are not automatically disbursed to charities. You must redeem your points for a cash donation via your account in order for a check to be disbursed to the charity of your choice. If you need assistance with this, please contact TerraCycle Customer Support at 1-866–967–6766 or email customersupport@terracycle.com.

Additionally, cash donations are mailed directly to the not-for-profit, charity, or school you selected, not to the personal address listed on your account.

All cash donations requested between May 1st and October 31st will be disbursed in January. All cash donations requested between November 1st and April 30th will be disbursed in June. Please note that there is a minimum of 1,000 points or $10 needed for each cash donation.

To recycle your waste, all you have to do is join at least one Brigade and start collecting the waste stream indicated on the Brigade page. This is when you can get your friends and family involved! The more people collecting with you the more waste you will divert from landfill.

To get started, check out our Collect, Store, and Ship Guide. This guide contains a few easy tips and tricks to starting and maintaining TerraCycle programs at your location.

Some Brigade programs have shipment size requirements to earn TerraCycle points, but you do not have to meet these requirements if you do not wish to receive TerraCycle points. All shipment sizes may be shipped completely for free and your waste will still be recycled, you simply won’t earn the point donation.

When you are ready to ship your waste, download a free shipping label from your TerraCycle account and affix it to your box of waste. You can then drop it off at any UPS location.

You can also recycle almost every type of waste through our Zero Waste Box Program. Click here to learn more.

If for any reason you need to change or update your information, please select the “Personal Info” tab located on your account and then simply click "Edit My Profile". If you still need assistance or have questions please contact TerraCycle Customer Support at 1-866–967–6766 or email customersupport@terracycle.com.

Your TerraCycle account will not be deactivated, however, your available TerraCycle points will expire from your account if there is no activity for one year. Activity is considered to be printing a shipping label, sending in a shipment, or redeeming points.

Further, if you do not send in a shipment for six or more consecutive months in each of your Brigade programs, you may be removed from the Brigade in order for us to allow another participant the opportunity to collect and send waste. For more information, please see our Terms and Conditions.

TerraCycle products are made either by upcycling or recycling the collected waste.

Upcycling is defined as using or valuing every aspect of waste in order to give it a new useful life.

Recycling is defined as extracting materials from one product and using them to make an entirely new product.

For a more detailed description of each of these processes, please click here.

TerraCycle products are available at www.terracycleshop.com.