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Recovered K-Cup packs used as alternative fuel in cement


December 15, 2014
By Canadian Vending

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Dec. 9, 2014, Longueuil, Que. – Holcim Canada and Van Houtte
Coffee Services recently introduced a service to recover the energy content of used K-Cup packs from Van Houtte’s
institutional and commercial clients.

Dec. 9, 2014, Longueuil, Que. – Holcim Canada and Van Houtte
Coffee Services recently introduced a service to recover the energy content of used K-Cup packs from Van Houtte’s
institutional and commercial clients.

After being collected from customers of Van Houtte Coffee Services Inc., a subsidiary of Keurig Canada Inc., the packs are sent to
the Holcim Canada Joliette cement plant, where they are processed and reused as
alternative fuel for the plant. The initiative keeps the used K-Cup packs from
entering landfills and helps reduce the plant's reliance on traditional fuel
sources. According to an internal study entitled by Keurig in November 2013, a
ton of K-Cup packs produces 30 per cent less CO2 than the fossil fuels it
replaces.

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“Using alternative fuels is an important and effective tool
to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and improve our CO2 profile.
Reclaiming used K-Cup® packs helps us to meet the ambitious objectives we've
set," said Robert Houde, general manager of Geocycle, in a news release.
Geocycle is the Holcim Canada division responsible for alternative fuels.

“Innovation is at the heart of our actions and addressing
the environmental impact of Keurig brewing systems is a critical
priority," said Stéphane Glorieux, president of Keurig Canada, Canadian
business unit of Keurig Green Mountain, Inc." The partnership between
Holcim Canada and Van Houtte Coffee Services Inc. is a creative example of what
is possible when like-minded companies start working together towards a common
environmental goal." 

Keurig Green Mountain is committed to ensuring that 100 per cent
of its K-Cup packs are recyclable by 2020, said the release