I received a complimentary product in exchange for my honest review.
I am brand new to single cup coffee brewers and one of the biggest reasons that prevented me from getting a single cup brewer in the past was the waste they generate. Even though I really wanted the convenience of a single cup brewer I just couldn’t get myself to throw away that many K-Cups in the trash. But then a strange twist of fate happened.
About a week after I was initially approached to review Recycle A Cup and having to decline I was given the opportunity to review a Keurig brewer. I eagerly accepted since I could now review the Recycle A Cup and have the perfect solution to my dilemma.
Yes, you could take K-Cups apart yourself if you wanted but you then run the risk of cutting yourself and it’s awfully time consuming. Now recycling or reusing your K-Cups is easy with the Recycle A Cup.
First, put the used K-Cup inside the bottom of the Recycle A Cup and push down until the pin on the bottom punctures the cup.
Line up the top of Recycle A Cup with the notches on the bottom piece and put the top on.
Inside the lid of the Recycle A Cup are two cutters that look like mini razor knives. First give the top a quarter of a turn without pressing the buttons. Once you’ve done that the press the buttons and twist again all the way around to allow the cutters to cut off the top of the K-Cup.
This is what you’re left with. Throw the filter in the garbage and the bottom of the cup on the recycling bin. Now your coffee grinds can decompose instead of being trapped inside a plastic cup.
You could be even more eco-friendly and pull the foil piece away from the filter and recycle that as well. You could even compost the grounds or use them in your garden to be really green.
If you want you can use your K-Cup bottoms as little pots for starting seeds. I am definitely using that idea for next year’s seedlings!
Overall I found that the Recycle A Cup worked well and was incredibly easy. I did have a little more trouble cutting some brands of K-Cups than others and Recycle A Cup does address this on their site.
We recognize using the Recycle A Cup™ is an imperfect process, especially because different brands of single serve cups may be of different sizes, materials and thicknesses. Please use the Recycle A Cup™ to get a feel for how it works.
Recycle A Cup directly retails on their website for $14.99 but you can get one for $9.99 plus free shipping by using coupon code nify4h!
Please note that Recycle A Cup is not affiliated with Keurig.