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Exercises in futility

At some point, over the course of using a Brita filter in Texas, I got to wondering whether the filters were recyclable or reusable somehow. This site seems to support the notion, in fact. But I hadn't had the wherewithal to deal with the filter accumulation prior to moving away from Texas, so the stash of used filters has traveled with me all the way to California, where I left them sitting on the back porch.

When I looked things up pretty recently, the above website listed a Whole Foods in Berkeley that had a dropoff site. Biking down to the boathouse, I made mental note that the route passes by a Whole Foods. Ergo, I brought the filters along with me this morning so I could drop them off after rowing.

When I got inside to ask at their customer service desk, I learned that it was the other Whole Foods in Berkeley, on Telegraph Ave. Well, not a huge deal, I had some time to spare, so I could just bike over there. First I paused to exchange some merchandise credit for a new rear cassette for the Jolly Roger at REI, then I hopped back on my bike to work my way over to the other side of Berkeley.

Upon arriving at the second Whole Foods, I learned, "Oh yeah, we don't do that anymore."

I put the five filters into a trash bin outside and then biked home. I had a spot of bad chainsuck on the ride home, so tomorrow I'll put the new cassette and a new chain on the Jolly Roger. Also new brake pads - probably the most important part.

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randomdreams
Jan. 17th, 2016 03:22 am (UTC)
ARRRRRRRGH after carting them that far what a crummy end to the story.
rebeccmeister
Jan. 17th, 2016 03:37 am (UTC)
I know, right? Ugh. So much for trying to do the right thing.
thewronghands
Jan. 17th, 2016 03:57 am (UTC)
I have some Zerowater filters and I have ended up mailing them back to the company to be recycled. (I am unsure if this is efficient enough to be worth doing or not.) Maybe there's a similar option for you in future?
rebeccmeister
Jan. 17th, 2016 07:23 am (UTC)
The good news is that the water in El Cerrito / Berkeley is drinkable without any form of filtration!

...my main issue has been with chlorine, which actually isn't filtered out by Brita or whatever else, but putting the water in the pitcher lets it sit out for long enough that the chlorine dissipates.
mokey4
Jan. 17th, 2016 04:47 am (UTC)

Ugh, indeed!

shellynoir
Feb. 19th, 2016 10:47 pm (UTC)
I let water sit, too, because chlorine - bladder cancer thing. I hauled a bunch of old cpus from Sea to Bro because of my lack of initiative to get them deleted, torn apart, recycled. I figure they probably have my old tax forms in there somehow.


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rebeccmeister
Feb. 26th, 2016 07:20 pm (UTC)
I wish more Americans would spend more time thinking about waste streams, and how to reduce them. It's pretty much going to take persistent social and political pressure to make changes in this arena, though. Our current waste disposal systems make it too easy to just toss things and forget about them and where they go.
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