Lafarge Canada Inc. and Van Houtte Coffee Services Inc. have partnered to reduce the environmental footprint of both organizations by replacing a portion of Lafarge's fossil fuel energy at the Kamloops, British Columbia Cement Plant with used K-Cup packs.
70,000 pounds annually of used K-Cup packs will have a second life as an alternative fuel source rather than hitting the local landfill.
K-Cup packs have been specifically identified and permitted as an alternative fuel for Lafarge's cement plant in Kamloops, B.C. Cement is the binder in concrete, the second most consumed material on the planet after water. The manufacturing of cement requires high heat and energy input, typically reached with fossil fuels.
"As part of its worldwide sustainability ambitions to minimize fossil fuel use and their related greenhouse gas emissions, Lafarge is proud to be the recipient of used K-Cup packs which are helping manufacture a critical building material," said Bob Cooper, vice president of cement for Lafarge in Western Canada.
K-Cup packs are currently being collected by Van Houtte Coffee from its commercial accounts in the B.C. interior.
"Innovation is at the heart of our actions and addressing the environmental impact of Keurig brewing systems is a critical priority," said Morten Schroder, Van Houtte Coffee Services Inc., B.C. district manager. "The partnership between Lafarge and Van Houtte Coffee Services Inc. is a great example of what is possible when like-minded companies start working together towards a common environmental goal."
The company plans to make 100 per cent of its K-Cup packs recyclable by 2020.
As part of its community outreach, Lafarge is also welcoming the public to drop off used K-Cup packs at the plant located at 9750 Shuswap Road, Kamloops.