GE Offers Frig Water Filter Recycling

Drink purified water from the fridge rather than purchasing bottled water? You’ve done a whole lot of good for the planet, says GE — which now wants to help you take that virtuous cycle one step further by offering recycling for refrigerator water filters.

In an industry first, GE is now offering a recycling program for its fridges that use MWF, MSWF, MXRC and GSWF model filters. One hundred percent of the filter is recycled, as the plastic part is “pelletized” and re-used, and the charcoal filter is re-used in landfill liners that help to prevent micro-nasties from leaching into our local water supplies.

GE water filter

image via GE

Owners of GE refrigerators will now receive a recycling kit when they order a replacement water filter from GE, which includes a pre-paid mailing label and envelope. The company recommends changing out your water filter every six months to ensure clean drinking water from your appliance’s water and ice dispensing system.

“Given the hundreds of thousands of GE refrigerator water filters currently in service, GE feels a responsibility to help consumers in minimizing their environmental impact by providing a simple method to responsibly recycle their used GE water filters,” said Laura Edwards, GE parts sales and marketing operations manager, in a statement. All of this is part of GE’s new overall recycling initiative, which is projected to reduce the company’s landfill waste waste by 85 percent.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.


  • Reply January 31, 2012


    I was just on the phone with GE 01/31/2012. They no longer offer the recycling kits. The Owner must personally mail the old filters to:nAttention Waterfield Recyclingn2770 Fortune Circle Drive EastnIndianapolis Indiana 46241nnThis is poor. If people have to pay an additional charge these items will likely be forwarded to the recycling plant.

  • Reply May 2, 2012


    It should be easier to recycle these things.  Unfortunately, I will throw it in the garbage because I won’t pay the postage to recycle.

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