CANADIANS CAN NOW RECYCLE SINGLE SERVE COFFEE PODS … FOR A PRICE
December 11, 2014
People just love their single-cup coffee makers… but the single serve coffee pods that most use with them have created a waste disposal issue comparable to plastic water bottles. While some waste haulers will accept these materials, they have to be clean (as we learned at our recent Twitter chat with Waste Management): if recyclers have to devote resources to emptying out the used grounds, they’re probably not worth the effort. To my knowledge, there’s not currently a solution for this dilemma; in Canada, however, Terracycle, the company that figures out ways to turn packaging into products, now offers The Zero Waste Box. This product allows users to pitch their pods, grounds and all, and ship them to the company.
Launched in August, this certainly seems like a sensible approach to dealing with this waste stream. Terracycle separates out the materials, and according to Canada’s National Post, sends the plastic to a manufacturer of plastic lumber and paving stones. Grounds go to nearby farms for composting. Sounds perfect, right? READ MORE