Coffee-topia and the K-Cups Dilemma
Last year I received a Keurig machine to review. I was of course impressed with the freshness of each cup, the perfect water temperature, the variety of flavours available to me. The teens in my family love it too. So convenient and unique to each individual. k-cups
But what really concerned me was the waste. So much for such little things! Apparently now, there are so many k-cups from just Keurig machines in landfills that if you stacked them up, they would reach around the world ten times! This is nuts! My municipality doesn’t recycle them. None do right now although people who leave them in the blue bins for collection are causing more problems as these things then have to be sorted out and tossed into the landfill manually.
So I began to think of solutions to reuse our spent k cups. I was thinking maybe of making Christmas ornaments out of them? Something bell-like or another odd shaped creature? There are lots of ideas on Pinterest. But there are so many of these things piling up in my garage. That’s a lot of crafting pressure. It’s a good thing my concern over the waste from these things has limited my purchase of them.
Then, a couple weeks ago I heard about a company called GoJava that is actually doing something about this. They sell coffee pods, general office products and supplies to individuals and businesses. And the best part of this company is – they offer recycling of the coffee pods! They have partnered with TetraCycle Canada to provide recycling of all these Keurig, Tassimo and Nespresso coffee pods for FREE!
GoJava collects and sorts each coffee product and when they have a skid full, it gets sent to TetraCycle to be processed in a specialized system. They separate the different components into coffee and plastic and grind it all down.
“The coffee is then used for compost, while the plastic is made into plastic lumber and used in applications such as flooring, park benches and playgrounds! We pay a fee for each pallet to make sure that the products are properly recycled.”
How cool is this? Plus, rumour has it that GoJava is investigating other recycling options such as disposable pens!
The way it works is when your first order is delivered, you will receive a compost bin to store your pods in. Did I mention delivery is FREE if you order is at least $40? The next time you place an order just leave your bin at your front door and it will be collected the next day when your order arrives.
( If you use the baby squeeze tubes, GoJava will pick them up for you since TerraCycle takes them too! )
Currently this service is only offered in Toronto, Etobicoke, Mississauga, Markham, Thornhill and Richmond Hill. If you live in one of these areas and want to try it out, why don’t you enter this amazing contest for a $100 gift certificate for GoJava?
I was compensated to write this post. The opinions are all my own.