May 6, 2014

Single Serve Coffee Cups Are Producing Tons of Trash

Single Serve Coffee Trash

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There’s a lot of waste in single serve coffee, and we all know it. There’s a ton of trash and other waste being produced from the industry, and there’s only a few more eco-friendly options within the single serve coffee product offerings. Sure some of the K-Cups from non-licensed coffee roasters can be recycled, but it’s simply not enough.

The East Bay Express has a rather extensive article on the Dark Side of Single Serve Coffee, and many of the points about the waste within the single serve coffee category is hard to refute. So where does all this waste come from? 12 percent of US households now have a single-cup brewer, and for example Peet’s coffee just started making K-Cups. With just one roaster added like Peets it equals hundreds of millions of pounds of unrecyclable trash for the nation's landfills each year.

So what do we do? One thing we can do is use more reusable filters with our single serve coffee brewers. Another option is to try and only buy K-cups that are recyclable or biodegradable, or compostable. 

What we really want is recyclable K-Cups from Green Mountain, and maybe with Keurig 2.0 and new offerings in the future this will happen and the waste will stop.

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Posted by Jay Brewer at May 6, 2014 7:46 AM
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People say they want recycleable K-cups, but when Keurig introduced the recycleable Vue cups, the whole line bombed. The evidence that people care just isn't there.

Posted by: Anon at May 13, 2014 6:36 AM

Convenience is a luxury and all luxuries have hidden costs, hidden effects, hidden impacts. The waste described here is mostly found at the end of the consumption cycle. The manufacturing waste associated with k-cups and Nespresso capsules should not be ignored.
But I am not going back to my professional-grade espresso machine/grinder setup. I wish to sell it instead.

Posted by: david bogie at May 6, 2014 9:45 PM

Possibly consider the nespresso machines as they offer a free uplift of spent capsules for recycling and the box is all card so its all recyclable

Posted by: Kenny at May 6, 2014 6:30 PM

I switched to the Bunn MCU and you get a MUCH better cup of coffee using the ground coffee drawer. I only use k cups now when company comes over and someone wants decaf. For what you save by not buying k cups you can buy a really good burr grinder and grind fresh beans, or you can just save your money while you buy top quality ground coffee. It's a win all around. And did I mention how good the coffee is? The pulse brew is awesome!!!!!

Posted by: Lin B at May 6, 2014 11:29 AM

Use pods! They are biodegradable.

Posted by: Dave at May 6, 2014 9:09 AM
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