Coffee. It’s how millions of us start every day. More and more of us are using convenient Keurig® brewers and K-Cup® pods to deliver our delicious morning brew. The truth is most people are not aware that these little pods are not recyclable when they are intact. Sadly, most of the coffee pods end up in landfills, not decomposing. This is a growing and significant environmental concern. Just look at the numbers*:
- Nearly 30% of US households own a single serve brewer
- An estimated 20 billion pods will be consumed this year and most will wind up in landfills
- That’s enough waste to circle the earth nearly 12 times
Now, the reality is you CAN recycle the pods if the plastic, aluminum and coffee grounds are separated with the Recycle A Cup® cutter. In just a few easy steps, you will be able to recycle your K-Cup® pod plastic & foil and even use the grinds as compost…it’s just that simple! In fact, Recycle A Cup has been featured in Real Simple magazine as a great way to make over un-ecofriendly habits!
HOW IT WORKS
Medelco’s Recycle A Cup cutter is an innovative solution to this problem. The patented device allows for easy separation of single serve coffee pods, including K-Cup© pods, with just three quick and easy steps:
Step 1: Load the pod into the Recycle A Cup cutter
Step 2: Twist Recycle A Cup one full turn around the pod
Step 3: Separate the pod and recycle
- Re-purpose or Recycle the plastic.
- Recycle the aluminum top.
- Compost the filter paper and coffee grinds.
Even if you throw out the pod top with the 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.
You may also want to consider re-purposing your used pods. There are many creative ways to craft with your used K-Cup pods after they have been separated with Recycle A Cup. Visit Pinterest for awesome ideas on how to reuse your coffee pods, especially for the upcoming holidays.
The Recycle A Cup® cutter works with the majority of coffee pod designs such as K-Cup® and similar brands. However, not all coffee pods are designed exactly the same. Recycle A Cup works best with Keurig licensed K-Cup pods. Results with other pods may vary.
As with any blade those in the Recycle A Cup will dull over time. The Recycle A cup is designed to last 6 weeks depending on use and is fully recyclable once finished using.
* National Coffee Data Trends 3/22/13; Green Lodging News 8/9/15
Recycle A Cup® and Medelco Inc. are not affiliated with Keurig®, Green Mountain Coffee® or Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.
K Cup Recycling: The Recycle A Cup® cutter has been mentioned quite a bit recently in the news and on social media. Here are some links for you to read more:
Real Simple Magazine-5 Unexpected Causes Of Pollution
Wheaton’s K-Cup Recycling Initiative An Overwhelming Success
Store Owner Starts K-Cup Recycling Program, Gives Jobs To Disabled
Keurig Transitioning To Recyclable K-Cups
Keurig’s K-Cups Inch Closer To Being Recyclable
K-Cup Inventor Expresses Regret
Suppliers Innovate To Discover More Sustainable Versions Of Popular K-Cup
K Cups Not So O.K. If Sent Directly To The Landfill
NJ Recycling Company Takes on K-Cups
Recycle A Cup Exhibiting at Wilton Go Green Festival (Sustainable Living. For the Good of Us All.)
Business Insider: Keurig K-Cup Is Wasteful
K-Cup Coffee Maker Garbage An Environmental Issue
Using the Recycle A Cup® Cutter: 33 Genius Ways To Reuse Your K-Cups
Recyclebank: Because You Asked: Can I Recycle K-Cups?
K Cup Recycling: A Brewing Problem
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Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=594890337299051&id=170366119751477
Google + https://plus.google.com/u/0/101924311261803134063/posts/EVAdXXpvT49
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K Cup Coffee Maker Garbage An Environmental Issue: No K Cup Recycling
Fortunately we now have the Recycle A Cup® cutter and an easy way to cut and separate the K-Cup® pod components!
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