Keurig plans to have recyclable pods in Canada by 2018

Keurig plans to have recyclable pods in Canada by 2018

Coffee and single-serve brewing systems manufacturer releases its 12th annual sustainability report, 'Brewing Transformation.'

June 14, 2017
Recycling Today Staff
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Keurig Green Mountain Inc. has launched its 12th annual sustainability report, highlighting its goal of producing K-Cup pods in Canada that are recyclable by the end of 2018.

The company had previously announced that its K-Cup pods, which are single-serving containers of coffee, will be recyclable by the end of 2020. The pods currently are not recyclable. 

The report’s title, “Brewing Transformation,” showcases Keurig’s efforts in communities across the globe in three main focus areas: environmental responsibility, strong supply chains and thriving people and communities, according to the company.

“As our new sustainability report shows, there’s much to be proud of here at Keurig,” says Bob Gamgort, Keurig CEO. “Our progress on the sustainability front will enable growth for the company, opening doors of opportunity for our employees, our customers and our business as a whole.”

In "Brewing Transformation," Keurig highlights accelerated progress toward a number of priority 2020 environmental responsibility commitments, including:

  • targeting a new recyclability milestone, with plans to produce 100 percent of K-Cup pods in Canada in a recyclable format by the end of 2018;
  • meeting its 2020 target to reduce lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions of brewed beverages by 25 percent; and
  • near completion of its 2020 goals to balance 100 percent of the water used in brewing beverages and 100 percent waste diversion from landfill for its operations across North America.

“We know that reducing the resources that we and our consumers use every day yields environmental sustainability for our business, and we are proud of our accelerated progress,” says Monique Oxender, Keurig chief sustainability officer. “Keeping those resources in use, at their highest value is also critical and delivering on pod recyclability achieves that in a meaningful way for our products and our communities.”

Additional highlights from this year’s sustainability report include:

Environmental Responsibility

A top sustainability priority for Keurig is ensuring 100 percent of K-Cup pods are recyclable by the end of 2020, and the company says it is on track to meet that goal. In addition to announcing its accelerated recyclability milestone in Canada, the report highlights Keurig’s work to improve recycling systems and education through investments totaling more than $1 million a year with partnership organizations such as The Closed Loop Fund and The Recycling Partnership. Keurig also continues its award-winning testing at recycling facilities, aimed at helping the industry understand how K-Cup pods and other plastic items travel through recovery equipment so the company can help to catalyze systemwide change in ensuring those plastics get a second life as a new consumer product.

Strong Supply Chains

Keurig says it aims to build strong supply chains and improve the livelihoods of coffee farmers within its supply chain. For three years, Keurig has supported Root Capitol’s Coffee Farmer Resilience Initiative, assisting farmers in fighting coffee rust disease and investing in the quality of their crops. In total, with the support of additional partnerships with organizations such as Save the Children and Catholic Relief Services’ Blue Harvest program, Keurig has engaged more than 417,000 people across its coffee supply chain to improve their farm management techniques, plan for changes in climate and strengthen their communities.

Full details of Keurig’s 2016 sustainability report can be found at For more information about Keurig’s recycling efforts, visit