Monday, May 27, 2013

How to Recycle a K-Cup

People think I'm crazy but I totally do this.  As I've said before, I drink very little coffee.  I can't say the same for my husband.  He drinks a cup every morning when he wakes up.  I am a freak about throwing things out. Not in the weirdo hoarder sense, but in the sense that I hate the idea that anything I throw into my trash receptacle goes into a giant hole in the ground.  We have limited space on this earth and it bothers the living shit out of me how so many people just throw stuff away without even the smallest attempt to recycle, reuse or re-purpose anything.

Just like when a tenant moves out of one of my rental properties, it is their duty as a renter to leave the property in the same or better condition than it was when they took possession of it; It is our responsibility as decent human beings to leave this earth in the same or better condition for our future generations.

I started breathing this planets air over 31 years ago and unfortunately, I won't be able to leave this earth in better condition.  I can do my part though.  This is one of the dumb things I do so that every stupid K-cup my husband uses.

A K-cup Deconstructed

A K-cup has 4 parts.  Sometimes 5.  

Peel off the foil.  Rinse and Recycle.  
Pour the coffee grounds into a bowl.  Reuse.*
Tear out the paper filter.  Toss it in your Compost.
You are left with the plastic cup.  Recycle.

Use these ideas at Mother Nature Network to reuse your coffee grounds.  I pour the grounds into a tall plastic cup and take it into the shower with me.  I use them to exfoliate.  They are suppose to work magic on cellulite too!  The caffeine in it is known to tighten skin, so I use them daily in the shower!


  1. I recycle lots, but for whatever reason, I never thought about taking these apart and doing this! So glad you posted it!

  2. You cannot recycle the plastic cup. That is the main problem.