Disposable coffee pods fill up landfills

One major manufacturer of the pods plans to make them recyclable, but that change could be harder to implement than it sounds.

Posted: Apr 3, 2018 12:35 AM
Updated: Apr 3, 2018 12:36 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn.- We all love the convince of popping in a pod to make a single cup of coffee or tea in the morning. According to the National Coffee Association millions of those disposable pods are ending up in landfills. KIMT News 3’s Jeremiah Wilcox spoke to someone who works at Olmsted Environmental Resource Department to get an understanding of what this means.

Anthony Wittmer said a lot of people don't know about recycling.

“Usually we find that single use items that you use once for a brief period of time and you throw away aren't necessarily great for the environment k-cups and recycling”

one major coffee pod company, Keurig says by 20-20 they plan to make their pods recyclable. Wittmer said that's pretty hard to do for plastic.

“We do not have end markets for them that's why we consider them garbage. and the material is only going to be as recyclable if they have someone on the end of that chain to turn into something else.”

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