Can I recycle my Keurig K-Cups?
by Suzanne Dionne
(Woodbury, CT. USA)
Recycling for Keurig K-Cups?
What exactly is the K-cup made of? What grade plastic is it?
Good question. I have a Keurig brewer myself and have opened up a K-Cup in the hope of being able to find some clue at to whether the plastic is recyclable. But I haven’t found anything – not the recyclable logo, nor a number.
In addition, it's tough separating the plastic cup from the foil lid and the filter material that is attached inside.
I have pretty much given up on being able to recycle the used K-Cups. It's frustrating, particularly when you see quite a pile of them building up in the garbage.
More and more now I use a re-usable filter basket. After each use I simply pour out the used coffee grinds, (for my compost), wash the filter and use it again next time.
The filter I use is the Keurig My K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter.
An alternative that has come out recently is the Melitta JavaJig. (Click on the small photo above to see it in full size.) As you might expect from Melitta, it’s a small plastic cup into which you place a very small filter paper. After each use you can simply toss the paper and wet coffee grinds into your compost bin.
You can get the Melitta Java Jig at Amazon.com.