Learn How to Recycle K-Cup© Pods

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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 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

SOLUTION

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!

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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:

Recycle K-Cups

How To Recycle Coffee Pods

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.

Recycle K-Cup Video

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.

 

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-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.

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/