Do you recycle your K-Cups? Keurig, the creator of the K-Cup, a single-serving coffee brewing system, is an American manufacturer of coffee brewers for both home and commercial use. Each K-Cup is a plastic container with a coffee filter inside. Ground coffee beans are packed in the K-Cup and sealed air-tight with a combination plastic and foil lid. When the K-Cup is placed in a Keurig brewer, the brewer punctures both the foil lid and the bottom of the K-Cup and forces hot water under pressure through the K-Cup and into a mug or cup. K-Cup varieties now include tea, hot chocolate, iced teas and coffee, as well as fruit drinks.

Keurig developed the “Grounds to Grow On” brewed K−Cup® pod recovery program. This program will allow their workplace customers, those using our Keurig machines in their office environment, to collect each brewed pod and return it to our disposal partner. Once received at their disposal partner’s, g2 revolution®, facility, the recovered K−Cup® pod is converted into useful alternatives, such as compost and energy. Specifically, the K−Cup® pod is processed through a proprietary method, including various grinding and separation operations that ultimately yield the coffee and tea grounds being separate from the other K−Cup® pod components. The grounds are sent out for composting to be used in a variety of agricultural applications, while the remaining K−Cup® pod grinds are provided to Covanta Energy and are used in an energy-from-waste process. All while reducing our landfill waste.

Keurig’s Grounds to Grow On™ program is a direct response to customers asking them how they can responsibly dispose of their brewed K−Cup® pods. visit to learn more about how you can get involved in this recycling initiative.


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