Everyone loves to get their daily dose of coffee. Many get their coffee from a single serve brewing station known as a Keurig. What consumers may not realize is how the constant use of machines like these are affecting the environment. In a report released by Keurig Green Mountain in November 2014 approximately 9.8 million K-Cups were sold in 2013, and since then this number has only increased.
Many consumers may assume K-cup plastic is recyclable, but this is not the case. A majority of used K-Cups were simply being thrown in the trash where they would later be taken to landfills to stay.
After seeing reports of the amount of K-Cup pods going to landfills, Keurig Green Mountain began researching more recyclable friendly designs, with the hopes of reaching a goal of –100% recyclability by 2020. In 2017 Keurig Green Mountain announced that the first recyclable K-Cup pods were ready to brew. These pods are being made from recyclable polypropylene #5 plastic. Prior to Keurig Green Mountain’s decision to make a more recyclable K-Cup pods, they were made of #7 Other Plastics, which are not typically recyclable. These redesigned recyclable pods are set to release in Canada in 2017, with the anticipation that by the end of 2018 that all K-Cup pods produced in Canada will be recyclable. Keurig Green Mountain has proposed that all K-Cups pods will be 100% recyclable by 2020.
The magic inside a K-Cup pod
In order to recycle the redesigned pods, consumers must perform three simple task.
Do you think that this change by Keurig Green Mountain will result in fewer pods to be thrown away? Could they do more to make it easier to recycle the pods?