- Collect used Dunkin’ at Home flexible coffee bags; no special container needed
- Log in to your account to download and print a pre-paid shipping label
- Place the label on your box of used bags, and send the package via UPS
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Participation in the Dunkin’ Coffee Bag Recycling Program is completely free
Probably Not CurbsideUnless your program specifically accepts coffee bags, including them in your curbside bin jeopardizes the recycling load. Usually, household recycling programs do not recycle empty coffee bags, even if the exterior looks like paper or foil. Representatives from the recycling industry, including Rumpke and WM, say the flexible packaging for your java beans and grounds is often manufactured with mixed materials. For example, paper or foil bags are often lined with plastic. Bags layered with varied materials are not in demand for recycling, the representatives said. Packaging that’s paper only is likely recyclable, but most coffee bags have an inner coating to preserve the freshness of the beans. “If you are a coffee drinker, the best option is a reusable container. But if that’s not an option, a recyclable paper bag is best,” says Amanda Pratt of Rumpke.
Reduce WasteOn its website San Jose Recycles, the City of San Jose offers a recommendation to reduce packaging waste. “Instead of buying single bags of coffee, buy coffee beans from the bulk section of your supermarket. Bring an empty coffee bag or jar into the store for your coffee instead of using a brand new container every time.” If you buy beans from bulk bins, ask your grocer if using your own jar or pouch is allowed.
Recycling by MailThese TerraCycle programs offer recycling opportunities for empty coffee packaging that is not usually accepted with household recycling.
Dunkin’Dunkin’ and TerraCycle
Don Francisco’sDon Francisco’s Coffee Family Reserve bags from F. Gaviña & Sons are also eligible for free recycling with TerraCycle. In addition to the empty bags, the TerraCycle partnership program also accepts:
- Don Francisco’s single-serve coffee pods and espresso capsules
- Café La Llave espresso capsules and espresso-style single-serve coffee pods
Zero Waste BoxTerraCycle accepts a variety of hard-to-recycle waste items through its fee-based Zero Waste Box program. This is a good option for businesses or organizations that generate a lot of the specified waste type. For coffee-related recyclables, these programs include:
TerraCycle RecyclesTerraCycle explains that the empty bags may be melted into hard plastic, which can be remolded to make new products such as park benches and picnic tables. Mary Ellen Down of TerraCycle states, “We work with brands, retailers, and other stakeholders who fund the recycling process. We have in-house scientists and material application specialists who work out how to recycle all kinds of materials. We then use our global network of processors to convert the items into raw material, which is then sold to manufacturing companies.”
Upcycled Coffee BagsIf you’d like to upcycle your empty bags, here are some decorative and fun projects:
- Weave a bag or basket from empty coffee bags; the instructions are on YouTube.
- Turn a foil-lined bag into a tabletop planter (from We Must Be Dreamers) or a hanging planter (from Instructables).
- Make a coffee bag bracelet with help from instructions on YouTube.
Shop WiselySome producers, cafes, and coffee shops are working on establishing or enhancing eco-friendly packaging and recycling programs. Australian coffee roaster and cafe chain Industry Beans, for example, favors Eco Barista™ recyclable coffee bags. “These bags are made using soft plastics (polyethelyn), stripping away aluminum and using a removable valve to ensure the bag can be recycled and coffee is protected and kept fresh,” states the website. Tell your favorite suppliers you’re eager to support their sustainability endeavors. Happy sipping.
Over the years, recycling issues and waste reduction have been widely discussed in a collaborative attempt to eliminate waste. Throughout the pandemic, take-out and delivery services listened to the needs of their customers and delivered food in sustainable and recyclable packaging. Dining patrons are drawn to businesses that believe in sustainable waste management and promote recycling through the use of disposable products.TerraCycle, which started as a waste management company, has grown internationally to help companies recycle waste back into their products. The company has just recently partnered with Dunkin’ to launch the first coffee recycling bag program in the United States. This partnership will allow both companies to stay committed to eliminating the waste that goes into landfills. Entrepreneur and visionary Tom Szaky created the company during his collegiate career at Princeton University. “I came up with the idea during my freshman year in an Intro to Economics class. The first question the professor asked was ‘What is the purpose of business?’ The answer she was looking for was ‘to maximize profit for shareholders.’ That didn’t sit right with me, as I believed that profit was an indicator of health. If a company is profitable, it grows and proposes a solution to a need in the marketplace,” Szaky shared. Szaky left college during his sophomore year to pursue a business full-time. “I wanted to find a business that put purpose first that aimed to make the world better. I landed in the garbage industry and developed Terracycle. Garbage is the least innovative industry for dollar revenue purposes so I thought addressing this for waste management purposes would be beneficial.”
About TerraCycle: TerraCycle is an innovative waste management company with a mission to eliminate the idea of waste. Operating nationally across 21 countries, TerraCycle partners with leading consumer product companies, retailers and cities to recycle products and packages, from dirty diapers to cigarette butts, that would otherwise end up being landfilled or incinerated. In addition, TerraCycle works with leading consumer product companies to integrate hard to recycle waste streams, such as ocean plastic, into their products and packaging. Its new division, Loop, is the first shopping system that gives consumers a way to shop for their favorite brands in durable, reusable packaging. TerraCycle has won over 200 awards for sustainability and has donated over $44 million to schools and charities since its founding more than 15 years ago and was named #10 in Fortune magazine’s list of 52 companies Changing the World. To learn more about TerraCycle or get involved in its recycling programs, please visit their website.
Dunkin' at home Announces National Recycling Program in Partnership with TerraCycle
In response, today Dunkin’, America’s favorite coffee and baked goods chain, announced the launch of a free, national recycling program for select flexible coffee bags, in partnership with international recycling leader TerraCycle®. The newly announced recycling program will give coffee lovers across the country the opportunity to easily send in Dunkin' flexible coffee bags to be properly disposed of and recycled. For every shipment sent to TerraCycle through the recycling program, collectors earn points that can be donated to a non-profit, school, or charitable organization of their choice.