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
Grounds to Grow On®,
a program to help
unused K-Cup® pods
We commit to all
new K-Cup® pods
being recyclable* by
the end of 2020
K-Cup® pods with
pods are ready
The first recyclable
K-Cup® pod is
launched in Canada
As of 2018, 100%
of K-Cup® pods
produced in Canada
of the recyclable
in the U.S. begins
By the end
100% of K-Cup®
pods in the U.S. are
*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)