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
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!
HOW IT WORKS
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.
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.
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 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
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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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