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In The Courtroom: Keurig Coffee Pods Recycling Suit Moves Forward


A California judge denied a motion on June 28 to dismiss a class action lawsuit against Keurig Green Mountain (now Keurig Dr Pepper) claiming its single-serve plastic coffee pods were mislabeled as “recyclable.”

According to the ruling, Keurig’s markets and sells some of its coffee pods, which are made with Polypropylene plastic, as “recyclable.” While this material is accepted for recycling in about 61% of U.S. communities, municipal recycling facilities (MRFs) aren’t able to separate and capture small items like the pods from the waste stream.

“[C]ommon sense would not so clearly lead a person to believe that a package labeled ‘recyclable’ is not recyclable anywhere,” Judge Haywood S. Gilliam said.

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