February 19, 2015

Keurig K-Cup Coffee Pods from Calgary Fuel British Columbia Cement Plant

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If you can’t recycle those K-Cups perhaps you can burn them? That’s right a cement plant in British Columbia is using spent Keurig K-Cups as part of the company's push to move from fossil fuels to alternative fuels. Since the K-Cups are not recyclable because, and they are a mixture of materials — coffee grounds, a paper filter, plastic cup, and foil top — that cannot be efficiently separated. Solution? The cement plant dries them out, grinds them up, and uses the spent ash as part of the cement mixture. Imagine - if you get your concrete from this plant you could have a house made of K-Cups.

One very cool thing - there is no change to the plant's emissions. The plant burned 32,682 kg (80,000 pounds) of K-Cups last year, which is millions of individual cups diverted from  landfill sites.


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Posted by Jay Brewer at February 19, 2015 7:35 AM
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