I know every community is different, but many do not accept #5 plastics & Brita filters.
Now they can be brought to Whole Foods to be recycled. The manufacturer Preserve is recycling them into razor and toothbrush handles. http://www.preserveproducts.com/recycling/
Whole Foods stores in NJ that accept #5 plastics and Brita filters -- look for "Gimmee 5" bins:
Additional instructions for Brita filters:
1. Dry the filter by shaking off excess water and setting it in a dry place for at least three days.
2. Wrap the filter in a plastic grocery bag, which will be recycled at the Preserve Gimme 5 destination.
3. Drop the wrapped filter in the Preserve Gimme 5 bin.
Combine this with sending plastic bottle caps (which hopefully there are fewer of as many of us have switched away from singe-use water bottles) to Aveda via my local Girl Scouts & there is a lot less going to waste!
I wonder if that company (Preserve) would accept other water filters used by PUR or refrigerators?