Recycle K-Cups with Recycle A Cup Recycle K-Cups with Recycle A Cup

Recycle K-Cups with Recycle A Cup

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My husband is the coffee drinker in this house and since my Keurig review about a year ago, he has been a daily user. I have also tried various K-Cups for the machine like lemonade, tea and hot chocolate which are some of my favorite drinks. With our machine getting daily use multiple time a day, please don’t hate us…we have always pitched them in the garbage not even thinking about recycling them! 
Along comes Recycle A Cup, a new accessory for Keurig and other single serve coffee systems helps to recycle K-Cups! This new device solves a problem that I never really thought about…a zillion wasteful used coffee cartridges that end up going in the trash, and ultimately filling up landfills with unnecessary waste. With the Recycle A Cup, you will be able to recycle, re-use, and compost the majority of the components of your used K-Cup cartridges, instead of throwing them away!

K-Cups consist of a combination of plastic, aluminum, organic material (coffee grounds) and a paper filter. While all said items can be easily recycled separately, the K-Cup as a whole cannot be recycled.  The components need to be separated and sorted into the correct categories for recycling or composting. If you do nothing else, by cutting the plastic bottom off the K-Cup you are exposing the organic material and allowing it to decompose in the landfills and you will be making a very positive impact on the environment.

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There are several different K-Cup recycling options available. The K-Cup plastic is considered low-grade mixed flake resin that falls within the #5 through #7 resin ID range, you can check with your town’s recycling center to find out if they take cups made of this plastic. You can also send the plastic cups to Medelco (the makers of Recycle A Cup) or search for a “Recycling Locator” at Earth

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If you can’t find a place to recycle the cup shells, there are lots of ways that you can re-use them at home, for arts and crafts, mini-pots for planting seeds, and for organizing small items like picture hangers, screws, paper clips, etc. Or try out some of these ideas:

  • 1. Seed Starters. Fill with potting soil, insert your favorite seed and grow! Be sure to label the cup if growing different plants.
  • 2. Jell-O Shots. Cover the puncture hole at the bottom with tape and fill with your favorite Jell-O shot!
  • 3. Specialty Ice. Cover the puncture hole at the bottom with tape. Place fruits, herbs or edible flowers with water and freeze for truly unique ice cubes. Instead of water, experiment with different liquids and colors such as juice or clear soda.
  • 4. Storage Bins. Decorate the body with markers, paint or decorative paper. Place your rings, earrings and other small items inside and organize by design or color.
  • 5. Goody Bins/Place-Cards. Insert snack sized candy portions inside cup, label names with marker and place

Want more ideas, check out K-Cup Crafts on Pinterest for tons of PINinspiration! What do you do with your K-Cups? Please leave me a comment and share your tips on how to reduce, reuse and recycle!

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored campaign with Recycle A Cup. My views and opinions in regards to Recycle A Cup or the company are my own and were not influenced by the company.

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1 Comment

  1. Kelly O
    June 24, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    This is awesome. I have not gone to the “cups” because I don’t think throwing away so many cups is something I want to do. However, the convenience is nice. I will look into these reusable ones 🙂

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