Learn How to Recycle K-Cups

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Recycle K-Cups

PROBLEM

Coffee.  It’s how millions of us start every day.  More and more of us are using convenient Keurig® brewers and K-Cup® pods (K-Cups) to deliver our delicious morning brew. The truth is most people are not aware that these little K-Cups are not recyclable when they are intact.  Sadly, most of the K-Cups 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

SOLUTION

Now, the reality is you CAN Recycle K-Cups if the plastic, aluminum and coffee grounds are separated with Recycle A Cup®.  In just a few easy steps, you will be able to recycle K-Cup 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!

Recycle K-Cups

Recycle A Cup by Medelco

HOW IT WORKS

Medelco’s Recycle A Cup is an innovative solution to this problem. The patented device allows for easy separation of K-Cups with just three quick and easy steps:

Recycle K-Cups

Step 1: Load the K-Cup into Recycle A Cup

Step 2: Twist Recycle A Cup one full turn around the K-Cup

Step 3: Separate the K-Cup and recycle

  • Recycle or reuse the plastic.
  • Recycle the aluminum top.
  • Compost the filter paper and coffee grinds.

Recycle K-Cup Video

Even if you throw out the K-Cup 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 K-Cups.  There are many creative ways to craft with your used K-Cups after they have been separated with Recycle A Cup. Visit Pinterest for awesome ideas on how to reuse your K-Cups, especially for the upcoming holidays.

 

Recycle K-Cups

 

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-Cups.  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 In The News

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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

http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/green-living/causes-of-pollution

Wheaton’s K-Cup Recycling Initiative An Overwhelming Success

http://thechronicleherald.ca/business/1324080-wheaton%E2%80%99s-k-cup-recycling-initiative-an-overwhelming-success%E2%80%99

Store Owner Starts K-Cup Recycling Program, Gives Jobs To Disabled

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/store-owner-starts-k-cup-recycling-program-to-create-jobs-for-disabled/

Keurig Transitioning To Recyclable K-Cups

https://www.environmentalleader.com/2015/09/21/keurig-transitioning-to-recylable-k-cups/

Keurig’s K-Cups Inch Closer To Being Recyclable

http://www.sustainablebrands.com/news_and_views/packaging/hannah_furlong/keurig%E2%80%99s_k-cups_inch_closer_being_100_recyclable

K-Cup Inventor Expresses Regret

http://www.treehugger.com/green-home/k-cup-inventor-expresses-regret.html

Suppliers Innovate To Discover More Sustainable Versions Of Popular K-Cup

http://www.greenlodgingnews.com/suppliers-innovate-discover-more-sustainable-versions

K Cups Not So O.K. If Sent Directly To The Landfill

http://www.greenlodgingnews.com/k-cups-not-so-ok-if-sent-directly-landfill

NJ Recycling Company Takes on K-Cups

http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Challenge-Accepted-New-Jersey-Recycling-Company-Takes-on-K-Cups–303214791.html

Recycle A Cup Exhibiting at Wilton Go Green Festival (Sustainable Living.  For the Good of Us All.)

http://wiltongogreen.org/

Business Insider: Keurig K-Cup Is Wasteful

http://www.businessinsider.com/keurig-k-cup-is-wasteful-lazy-american-2015-3

K-Cup Coffee Maker Garbage An Environmental Issue

http://www.carbondiet.ca/green_advice/food/k-cup_coffee_maker_garbage_an_environmental_issue.html

Using the Recycle A Cup® Cutter: 33 Genius Ways To Reuse Your K-Cups

http://www.buzzfeed.com/jessicaprobus/o-k-cups#.dfG736711

Recyclebank: Because You Asked: Can I Recycle K-Cups?

https://livegreen.recyclebank.com/because-you-asked-can-i-recycle-k-cups

K Cup Recycling: A Brewing Problem

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/03/the-abominable-k-cup-coffee-pod-environment-problem/386501/

Addicted 2 Savings 4U

http://www.addicted2savings4u.com/2014/07/06/recycle-cup-single-serve-keurig-cups/

The Anti-June Cleaver

http://theantijunecleaver.com/2014/07/now-you-can-recycle-your-kcups-with-recycle-a-cup/

Bonkers 4 Coupons

Review http://bonkers4coupons.com/recycling-one-k-cup-time-recycle-cup/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=594890337299051&id=170366119751477
Twitter- https://twitter.com/Bonkers4Coupons/status/484534138351779840
Google + https://plus.google.com/u/0/101924311261803134063/posts/EVAdXXpvT49

Brewed Coffee

http://www.brewed-coffee.com/coffee/recycle-a-cup-environmentally-friendly-way-to-dispose-of-keurig-k-cups

Coffee Stylish

http://coffeestylish.com/giveaway-recycleacup/

Fab Over Fifty

http://blog.faboverfifty.com/2014/07/01/solution-making-recyclable/

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!

http://www.carbondiet.ca/green_advice/food/k-cup_coffee_maker_garbage_an_environmental_issue.html

Mom on the Side Post

http://momontheside.com/creativity-less-waste-recycle-cup-5-00-free-shipping

Momma in Flip Flops

http://mommainflipflops.com/lets-get-smart-start-recycling-k-cups-recycle-cup

Optimistic Mommy

http://optimisticmommy.com/eliminate-landfill-waste-with-recycle-a-cup/

The Review Stew

http://www.thereviewstew.com/2014/06/recycle-cup.html

The Review Wire

http://www.thereviewwire.com/2014/06/23/recycle-k-cups-with-recycle-a-cup/
https://www.facebook.com/TheReviewWire/posts/705021416230993
https://twitter.com/TheReviewWire/status/480960347550277632
https://plus.google.com/b/106163327142272633626/106163327142272633626/posts/g4swUra9Mnc

Savings in Seconds

Post: http://www.savingsinseconds.com/?p=18035
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SavinginSeconds/status/484698514685833217
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/254101603950714741/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SavingsInSeconds/posts/669403753108561
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/117281972453325001257/posts/jFnPM3oSTdb

Shortcut Saver

http://www.shortcutsaver.com/be-green-by-using-recycle-a-cup-for-your-k-cups

Single Serve Coffee

http://www.singleservecoffee.com/archives/046450.php

Skip to My Lou

http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/07/15/recycled-advent-calendar/

Today’s Creative Blog

http://todayscreativeblog.net/recycling-crafting-with-k-cups/

Who Said Nothing in Life is Free

http://www.whosaidnothinginlifeisfree.com/2014/07/recycle-a-cup

Zephyr Hill Blog

http://www.zephyrhillblog.com/2014/07/how-to-recycle-and-reuse-k-cups/