Coffee roaster looks to improve footprint of single-cup systems – USAPosted on April 26, 2014 by DrRossH in Plastic Waste News
“The consumer wants what the consumer wants, but there’s a tipping point,” he said. “… There is a population out there, and it’s a growing population, that is concerned about bottles and plastic being wasted continuously.”
With the convenience of one-cup brewing systems comes a hefty share of waste. Brewers such as those sold under the popular Keurig brand use a small plastic cup to brew each cup of coffee or tea. Though the capsules contain recyclable or compostable elements — aluminum foil, plastic and organic waste in the form of tea leaves or coffee grounds — it’s difficult to separate the components for processing, leaving spent K-Cups to collect in landfills.