Since mid-July 2016, we took on the first steps of our journey to making all K-Cup® pods recyclable by offering the most popular coffee variety in a recyclable K-Cup® pod : The Original House Blend from Van Houtte®. We chose polypropylene #5 plastic for our first step because it is a widely recyclable and desirable plastic throughout Canada. The recyclable K-Cup® pod is initially available on Keurig.ca and through our Away from home channel.
We will continue to roll out additional varieties each year until we reach our goal.
Please note that K-Mug™ and K-Carafe™ pods are recyclable, and we have our reusable My K-Cup® option.
All our other current K-Cup® pods are made of #7 plastic. We suggest that you check with your local community on recycling options for this type of plastic.
An interesting fact is that in British Columbia, all of our K-Cup® pods are accepted for recycling, through the at-home material collection, if the lid and the filter are removed from the pod.
We continue the conversion to ensure that all K-Cup® pods are recyclable by 2020!
We make our bags with an exterior of polylaminate, which is recyclable. The interior aluminum foil is not recyclable – however, it is the only solution that preserves the freshness of the coffee.
The laminated bags do not allow to separate the films for recycling. Van Houtte® is always on the lookout for the latest product packaging processes that minimize the impact on our environment.
Our clients can choose entirely recyclable coffee cans.