WASHINGTON — They are said to produce enough waste to wrap around the equator 10.5 times, or more.
The single-serve Keurig Cups, otherwise known as K-Cups, are an inspiration or an abomination, depending on who you talk to. But even the biggest producers of this coffee phenom agree — the little plastic and aluminum vessels could use a little greening while they’re taking over the world.
According to Keurig Green Mountain, 9.8 billion K-Cups were sold in 2014, with the majority headed to landfills after use, old coffee grounds and all. Keurig Green Mountain — which sells the increasingly ubiquitous machines as well as the K-Cups — recognizes this is a lot of trash. K-Cups are not biodegradable, and most of their cups aren’t recyclable — but they produce 80 percent of the Vermont-based company’s $4.7 billion annual revenue. READ MORE