Recycling Program

Planet Coffee believes that we all have a responsibility to reduce, recycle, re-use and recover the waste that we generate. The bottom line, we want to lead our industry to be better! Which is why we have instituted a recycling program.

Industry Leader in Reducing Environmental Impact

Single Cup Coffee (Keurig, Flavia, Tassimo) is by far the fastest-growing segment in Office Coffee Service over the last 20 years. It is without a doubt because of its evolution that we have enjoyed improved ease of use, selections and quality of products. However, just like any other new technologies, the single-cup coffee machine has presented a big problem – the amount of waste it creates. Understandably, our customers had big concerns about such waste. In view of such concerns, Planet Coffee Calgary designed and continues to refine an innovative recycling program that meets and exceeds the expectations of our customers.

Planet Coffee is the leader in Single Cup Recycling in Alberta. We incorporate the R’s of Recycling, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Recover. The recycling program has put Planet Coffee and our customers a step ahead, becoming good stewards for our City and our Environment as a result.

What do the Four R’s stand for?

Reduce: The amount of Single Cup packaging going into the landfill.

Reuse: Cardboard and other products are used to re-package goods.

Recycle: Cans, bottles, cardboard and other recyclables.

Recover: Complex waste as Thermal Energy through the WTE (Waste to Energy) process.

By using the 4 R’s of Recycling, your company will have a ZERO WASTE SINGLE CUP COFFEE SYSTEM!


Planet Coffee’s Single Cup Recycling Program

Planet Coffee designed a recycling program. This program provides all Single Cup customers with recycling bins to collect used single-cup packaging at no extra charge. Amazing results have ensued!  For example, since 2007 Planet Coffee and its customers have diverted single cup coffee waste by over 323,500 pounds. Additionally, we have almost 100% participation from our single cup customers in the Calgary area. As a result, we have expanded this program to our affiliates in Edmonton and Red Deer. Planet Coffee has also joined forces with a local EMERALD AWARD WINNING company that uses the waste we collect and convert it into thermal energy (WTE) for their facilities energy requirements. This is forcing change within the OCS industry.

At Planet Coffee, we see ourselves as partners with our clients in being good stewards for our environment. To all our participants we thank you, your support encourages us to keep on improving our sustainability.


Fast Facts

  • The Thermal Energy (WTE) process has been recognized by an Environmental Innovations Award Committee.
  • Our recycling program at Planet Coffee has diverted hundreds of thousands of pounds of Single Cup waste from our landfills.
  • Through the Thermal Energy process, we create negative carbon emissions.
  • Waste to Energy is a safe and clean process.
  • Our WTE plan is ISO 14001 Certified, meaning that it is recognized as an Environmentally Safe Operation by an International Environmental Management System.

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