Recyclable K-Cup® pods are now available!
Recyclable K-Cup® pods have started rolling off our production lines, with the first ones available on Keurig.com. We will increase production each year until 100% of the pods we make are recyclable by 2020.
Our goal is to do more than introduce a recyclable K-Cup® pod. We want our pods to be effectively recycled in community programs. Based on our testing with recyclers and collaboration with industry partners, we think we are making good progress.
We’re working directly with recyclers to ensure our recyclable K-Cup® pods make it to material recovery facilities and through their sorting processes.
There are multiple ways
to responsibly dispose of used pods:
Where available, our recyclable pods can be recycled in community programs — using existing recycling infrastructure. We’re working to improve the U.S. recycling infrastructure and to enhance small item recovery through a $5 million investment in the Closed Loop Fund.
Our programs for business customers convert used K-Cup® pods into alternative energy. We currently offer one nationwide program and one pilot in select regions. So far in the United States, we’ve recovered more than 26 million K-Cup® pods, producing an estimated 919 kWh of electricity, through our Grounds to Grow On™ program.
Learn more at keurigrecycling.com.
Giving K-Cup® pods a second life
To help ensure that used K-Cup® pods are transformed into other useful consumer goods, we participate in organizations, such as The Association of Plastic Recyclers, that are working to understand the supply and demand for recovered polypropylene and to encourage its use in new products, such as storage bins and automotive parts.
Driving continued innovation
Our current focus is on recyclability because it is the most readily available end-of-life option for most of our consumers. At the same time, we are continuing to explore innovations for many different materials, including those that are compostable, so we can continue to evolve our packaging as recovery programs for such materials become more commonplace.