Free Coffee Pod Recycling
Join the 100's of offices in Ottawa who now recycle their used coffee pods, capsules and discs.
- Free coffee pod recycling
- One tree planted for every order
- Carbon neutral delivery
GoJava was launched on the mission of finding a solution to the millions of coffee pods that end up in landfills. Our recycling program allows people at home or at the office to dispose coffee a better way. After only a few years, we're proud to work with 100's of businesses in and around Ottawa.
Do your part in creating a greener future - for free!
How Does Coffee Pod Recycling Work?
Place your coffee order on our website. It's delivered next business day along with a recycling bin to collect used pods.
Enjoy your coffee. Each time GoJava drops off a new round, we'll collect the disposed pods since our last delivery.
We developed a specialized process to separate coffee grounds and plastic. Coffee grounds are composted and the plastic is turned into artificial lumber which is used for building decks, benches and playgrounds.
Watch a quick video explaining more:
Orders placed before Midnight (12:00am), will be delivered the next business day.
Delivery is $2.99 for orders over $40, and $4.99 for orders under $40. The delivery fee includes:
- Next Business Day Delivery
- Carbon Neutral Delivery (through Bullfrog Power)
- One tree planted with each order through WeForest.org. (Check out our partner page to see how many trees have been planted so far!)
Below you can see a map with a black outline of our delivery area in Ottawa. If you live outside of this zone, unfortunately we are not able to offer next day delivery or a recycling service at this time.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Do you work with Offices, Homes or both?
A: Both! We offer our coffee pod recycling service to both homes and offices, though we mostly work with offices and have more offerings available for offices.
Q: How is it that you're able to recycle Keurig and Tassimo coffee pods when the city and private waste companies do not accept them in the recycling program?
A: Municipal and private systems are not able to recycle coffee pods because their systems cannot effectively sort the coffee pods from the other components of the recycling stream and because they are not able to separate the coffee inside the pods from the plastic.
We are able to offer you a recycling solution for these products because we ourselves collect, sort and aggregate the used pods. We shred the coffee pods and separate the coffee from the plastics. We then compost the coffee and partner with TerraCycle Canada to transport the plastic to a special processor that makes plastic lumber from the material. This plastic lumber is then used in things like flooring, park benches and playgrounds! We pay a fee for each pallet to make sure that the products are properly recycled.
Q: What will happen if I just throw my used coffee pods into my blue recycling bin?
A: Unfortunately, they will end up in a landfill. And they will stay there for a long, long time.
Q: Can I purchase my coffee pods elsewhere and recycle them through GoJava?
A: The coffee pods we pick up for recycling should be ordered from GoJava. There is a cost for us to recycle the coffee pods so we kindly ask that you order your coffee pods from us.
If you are in an office, we can provide the recycling pick up service (without the purchase of the coffee pods), for a monthly charge.
Q: Do you provide discounts?
A: This is a competitive business and we do our best on pricing. We provide some discounts to high volume offices. And we offer price-matching when we're able to. When comparing prices, keep in mind that delivery cost savings, time savings, and environmental benefits we are able to offer.
If you would like to know more, please give us a call!
Q: I have been collecting my used coffee pods but I have not yet placed an order with GoJava. What should I do with the used coffee pods I have been collecting?
A: If you have been collecting used coffee pods prior to your first delivery, you can leave us a small amount to pick up during your first delivery. For example, 1 standard garbage bag. Please label the bag so our driver knows to pick it up.
Q: What if I forget to put out my used coffee pods on my delivery day?
A: If you are a home customer, you need to leave your used pods outside of your door on the delivery day. Please try not to forget (your delivery always comes on the next business day, no matter when you place your order)
If you do forget to leave your used coffee pods out for us, please hold on to them until your next delivery.
Q: Do you service condo buildings? How does the delivery and pick up service work for condos?
A: Yes we do! When you place your first order, please submit a note during checkout that lets us know if we should deliver and pick up through your concierge or if we should deliver and pick up outside your suite door. If there is no concierge, please provide a buzz code so we can access the building.
If there is a concierge in your building, please communicate to them if you plan to have the deliveries and pick ups flow through them or if you want us going upstairs to your suite.
If we arrive for a delivery and we do not have access to your building, for example, there is no concierge at the front desk and we do not have a buzz code, we will communicate when we can come back to perform the delivery.
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