Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, but only if you separate the pod components.  “K-Cup® pods consist of a combination of plastic, aluminum, organic material (coffee grounds) and a paper filter. While all said items can be easily recycled separately, the K-Cup® pod as a whole cannot be recycled. *” The components need to be separated and sorted into the correct categories for recycling or composting.

*Jennifer Kalish, Waste & Recycling News, 6/3/13

Full details on how the Recycle A Cup® cutter works is available here.

The Recycle A Cup® cutter works with the majority of coffee pod designs such as K-Cup® and similar brands. However, the cutter may not work with all brands due to different pod sizes, materials and thicknesses. Please use the cutter to get a feel for how it works with your favorite pod brand.

You can recycle the paper filter. Or you may compost the paper filter along with the coffee grinds. However, even if you throw out the pod top with the paper filter still attached, the filter and coffee grinds can now decompose vs. being trapped in the plastic and you are still making a nice environmental contribution.

There are lots of ways that you can re-use them at home, for arts and crafts, mini-pots for planting seeds, and for organizing small items like picture hangers, screws, paper clips, etc. Check out this Pinterest board for ideas.

Not all pods are exactly the same.  The Recycle A Cup® cutter works with the majority of coffee pod designs such as K-Cup® and similar brands. However, the cutter may not work with all brands due to small differences in pod sizes, materials and thicknesses. Please use the Recycle A Cup® cutter to get a feel for how it works with your favorite pod brand.

Yes! The Just A Cup® filter by Medelco is a single serve reusable coffee filter basket that is universally designed for use in Keurig®, Breville®, Cuisinart® and Mr. Coffee® single serve brewers. Insert the filter basket directly into your brewer – there’s no need to remove the K-Cup® pod holder from your coffee maker. These reusable filter baskets are a great alternative to disposable prepackaged coffee pods that allow you to brew your own coffee, save money and help the environment!

Recycle A Cup order charges will appear on your credit card statement under “Medelco Incorporated.”

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