the short answer: our refill pouches are recyclable in many countries, but unfortunately not in the U.S. recycling system. you can visit terracycle.net for information on how to recycle the refill pouch material through an air care recycling program here
the long answer (and why we chose to use pouches): as with all of our packaging, we put a great deal of thought into waste streams and how to lessen our environmental impact. since the packaging weight of the pouch is dramatically less than that of a standard bottle, the resources used to produce, transport + use the pouch are also dramatically less. the pouch has 1/7th the impact of an equivalent volume bottle (even if that bottle was recycled 80% of the time, which is well above U.S. recycling rates).
thanks for cleaning responsibly.