For my finished haf-cin/exp filter, I was able to "disassemble" the filter and recycle the majority of the plastic. Take a hammer, and bang on it a few times. I'm not joking. It'll crack and the cartridge inside will fall out as one piece. No mess. I landfilled the inner cartridge (fiber, carbon, some flimsy plastic) because there's nothing my municipal recycling (USA) can do with that, and dropped the very thick plastic casing into my recycling bin. Many large supermarkets have a water filter/battery/bag recycling station in their larger stores. Here in the US, I've lived in Portland, Oregon and parts of California that are very serious about recycling, and I've visited most of the country. I've never seen or heard of any supermarket, of any size, anywhere, that has a water-filter recycling station. Maybe it's a thing in Europe supermarkets? But at least here there is no such thing, I'll assert. Virtually all of your filters are going in the landfill in this country. It's a shame Samsung neither considers it important to manage the waste created by their products, nor designs these filters to be recycled by the consumer. The product lifecycle should be a closed loop, with customers able to ship them back to Samsung for free or drop them off at the retailer where they bought the refrigerator/the filter for them to get them back to Samsung, where they would be efficiently mined for material reuse. Whirlpool has a refrigerator water filter recycling program.
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