European WaterCare has opened a new filter recycling centre at its headquarters and launched a new water filter recycling unit called WaterCare Recycling.
The launch of WaterCare Recycling comes as European WaterCare seeks to minimise plastic waste from single-use filters and recycle/repurpose material straight back into the manufacturer of new products, creating a circular economy for filters.
WaterCare Recycling can recycle expired or unwanted filters from a range of major brands, including Brita, BWT, and 3M.
The recycling process occurs in three stages. Firstly, the filters are disassembled and sorted into plastic and aluminium and washed, and the aluminium is recycled.
Next, the expired resin is extracted from the filters, drained, de-humidified and sieved to separate the carbon and Ion exchange beads ‘resetting’ the resin beads for use in new water filters.
Finally, the plastics are sorted and cleaned before being ground into plastic pellets, which can then be used to manufacture internal parts for new water filters.
A statement from European Watercare said: “Building on our core philosophy of providing the most eco-friendly water treatment products available on the market today, it was a natural decision to progress this and develop a new area of our business dedicated to the recycling and re-purposing of all water filters.
“Therefore, we are now able to recycle and re-purpose all types of plastic and aluminium water filters using our newly operational recycling facility at our head offices in Harlow, Essex.
“We are also able to regenerate the expired resin from within these water filters to be used in future manufacture of new water filters.”
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