Keurig Recycling - Recyclable K-Cup Pods & Recycling Information
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OUR JOURNEY TO RECYCLABLE K-CUP® PODS

As of the end of 2020, 100% of our K-Cup® pods are recyclable. We’ve spent years completing intensive testing, development, and supply chain transition to produce a product that is not only recyclable, but can actually be recycled. We chose polypropylene (#5 plastic) because it is widely accepted for curbside recycling in a majority of communities across North America and there is growing demand for it as a recycled material. Imagine the possibilities of what your empty recyclable K-Cup® pod could become next!

NOT JUST A LABEL, A COMMITMENT

To demonstrate that our recyclable K-Cup® pods could be recovered using existing equipment in many recycling facilities across North America, Keurig® pioneered a first of its kind, award-winning testing methodology using Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. We tested tens of thousands of pods and found that 90% of recyclable K-Cup® pods had the potential to be recovered, creating more recycled polypropylene that can eventually be recycled into new products.

Tested at 12 facilities across North America

90% of pods had the potential to be recovered, similar to PET soda bottles and yogurt containers

#5 K-Cup® pods are additive to the existing polypropelyne stream; not a new material

THE ROAD TO RECYCLABILITY

2011

Keurig® begins
Grounds to Grow On®,
a program to help
businesses &
workplaces recycle
unused K-Cup® pods

2014

We commit to all
new K-Cup® pods
being recyclable* by
the end of 2020

2015

We begin
testing recyclable
K-Cup® pods with
recyclers across
North America

2016

The first
recyclable K-Cup®
pods are ready
to brew

2017

The first recyclable
K-Cup® pod is
launched in Canada

2018

As of 2018, 100%
of K-Cup® pods
produced in Canada
are recyclable

2019

Rolling launch
of the recyclable
K-Cup® pod
in the U.S. begins

By the end
of 2020

100% of K-Cup®
pods in the U.S. are
recyclable!

*Check locally. Not recyclable in all communities.

3-STEP PROCESS TO RECYCLE RIGHT

HOW2RECYCLE® LABEL GIVES
CONSUMERS SIMPLE INSTRUCTIONS FOR RECYCLING

We know how confusing complex recycling systems can be! How2Recycle® is an industry-wide labeling system that evaluates a product's packaging and assigns the proper recycling instructions for that product. Look for the How2Recycle® label on our recyclable K-Cup® pod boxes: this label, coupled with our visual 3-step process above, aims to communicate "recycle right" behavior.

The majority of communities in the United States accept #5 polypropylene containers in their recycling facilities. We encourage consumers to check locally to ensure their community accepts our recyclable K-Cup® pods before putting them in their recycling bin.

Questions about recyclable K-Cup® Pods?

Read our FAQs or reach out to
our Consumer Care team at (866)-901-BREW (2739)