Single-serve coffee pods pose recycling problems - New York News

Single-serve coffee pods pose recycling problems

Posted: Updated:
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

A recent poll found 1 in 3 Americans have a single-cup brewer at home or at work as opposed to the traditional coffee maker and the National Coffee Association says the multi-billion dollar single-serve industry is taking off.

But there's one problem. Environmentalists say these miniature plastic and aluminum capsules filled with coffee grounds are creating mounds of trash in landfills.

"They're basically impossible to recycle in most municipal programs," Josh Mogerman of the Natural Resources Defense Council explains.

Albe Zakes of Terracyle, a company that provides free waste collection programs for hard to recycle materials, says these coffee capsules are not easily recyclable because they're too small and they're made with blended materials like plastic, aluminum and paper.

Recently, Nesspresso and other single-cup brewing companies have partnered with Terracyle to provide a second life for the used coffee capsules.

"The ones that are more plastic-based are turned into a variety of products," says Mogerman. "Everything from watering cans to recycling bins to park benches.

Keurig, the largest manufacturer of single-cup brewers in the United States tells FOX 32 that reducing the environmental impact has been a critical priority. This year, Keurig introduced a recycling program similar to Terracycle's for customers in the workplace called "Grounds to Grow on." Also, last year, it introduced its Vue Pack, plastic capsules that can be recycled in 60 percent of community facilities.

Even though the coffee industry is well aware of the recycling problem and many companies have introduced sustainability initiatives, it's important for consumers to do their part and participate in recycling as well.

For more information on recycling your coffee capsules, visit Terracycle and Keurig's websites.

Follow Us!

Share Your Photos & Video

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Hope's Land of Candy

    Hope's Land of Candy

    Monday, September 1 2014 8:13 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:13:34 GMT
    Step through the doors of Hope's Land of Candy in Island Park, Long Island and you''ll be taking a trip back in time. There's no WIFI but they do have a Victrola piano. And then there's the candy.. lots and lots of it.
    Step through the doors of Hope's Land of Candy in Island Park, Long Island and you''ll be taking a trip back in time. There's no WIFI but they do have a Victrola piano. And then there's the candy.. lots and lots of it.
  • Subway bedbug infestations on the rise

    Subway bedbug infestations on the rise

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:48 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:48:09 GMT
    It appears the subway bedbug problem we've been reporting is getting worse. Commuters already have to contend with sweltering platforms, scurrying rats and packed train cars, and now there's another transit woe: fear of bedbugs.
    It appears the subway bedbug problem we've been reporting is getting worse. Commuters already have to contend with sweltering platforms, scurrying rats and packed train cars, and now there's another transit woe: fear of bedbugs.
  • West Indian Day Parade steps off amid shootings

    West Indian Day Parade steps off amid shootings

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:05 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:05:47 GMT
    The West Indian Day Parade is supposed to be a time of fun and excitement in celebration of Caribbean culture. However, several shootings near the parade has turned it into a day of tragedy for some.
    The West Indian Day Parade is supposed to be a time of fun and excitement in celebration of Caribbean culture. However, several shootings near the parade has turned it into a day of tragedy for some.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices