One year into its merger, KDP sets fresh sustainability goals

By Beth Newhart contact

- Last updated on GMT

In 2018, KDP succeeded in making its K-Cup pods in Canada 100% recyclable. Pic: Getty/richterfoto
In 2018, KDP succeeded in making its K-Cup pods in Canada 100% recyclable. Pic: Getty/richterfoto

Related tags: KDP, keurig dr pepper, Keurig, Dr pepper, Sustainability

Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP) has released its first corporate responsibility report as a combined company - with a focus on the environment, supply chain, health and wellbeing and communities.

‘Drink Well. Do Good.’ is KDP's first report following its merger​ between Keurig Green Mountain and Dr Pepper Snapple Group last year.

2020 recyclable goals

In it, the company states it wants to make all its K-Cup pods recyclable in the US by 2020, converting to 100% recyclable or compostable packaging by 2025, and sending zero waste to landfills by 2025.

The firm also wants to improve its water use efficiency by 20% by 2025 and obtain 100% of electricity from renewable sources by 2025. In 2018, KDP succeeded in making its K-Cup pods in Canada 100% recyclable.

“In a circular economy, products must be both recyclable and recycled. We partner with material recovery facilities (MRFs), plastic recycling facilities (PRFs), processors and communities to confirm our packaging has value and can easily travel from recycling bins to recovery facilities and then a useful second life,”​ the report said.

KDP’s goals to improve packaging and the supply chain will result in a reduction in new plastic use and reduced carbon emissions. The company wants to responsibly source 100% of its coffee and brewers and ‘significantly improve’ the lives of one million people in its supply chain by 2020.

After the merger was completed last summer​, KDP diverted 86% of its total waste from landfills in 2018, and 93% of the material redirected from landfills in Mexico is now recycled and reused.

Circular Economy

The report said, “We have committed $10m over 10 years to advance the circular economy, and our investment to date has supported such progress as 350,000 recycling carts distributed to communities across the US and over 850,000 tonnes of waste kept out of landfills.”

In its local areas, KDP plans to provide play opportunities to 13.5 million children and families over the next year. KDP has already invested more than $1m since 2016 in The Recycling Partnership, which uses seed grants to fundraise, improve and increase recycling in its US communities.

Bob Gamgort, chairman and CEO at KDP, said “We’ve set ambitious goals to ensure we are making a positive impact every day.”

“This includes expanding responsible sourcing practices across our supply chain; designing packaging to enhance circular material use, including recyclability and recoverability; reducing our environmental footprint in energy, water and waste; and building stronger communities.”

Related news

Show more

Related products

show more

Accelerate your supply chain as pressures intensify

Accelerate your supply chain as pressures intensify

WRBM - Healthy and Natural | 17-Sep-2018 | Technical / White Paper

Food, Drink and Non-Food manufacturers are under pressure. Range reviews, massive retail mergers, the backlash against plastic packaging and the ongoing...

Technologies for processing Fruit & Vegetables

Technologies for processing Fruit & Vegetables

John Bean Technologies (JBT) | 07-Mar-2018 | Application Note

JBT is a prime solutions and equipment provider within the fruit and vegetable industry.

From preparation to preservation, conveying and...

Related suppliers

1 comment

Outsourcing American Job

Posted by Former employee that quit.,

KDP has done the best possible job to avoid leaking to the public that hundreds and hundreds of employees starting in Q4 which is the end of October 1st of November will lose their jobs because they are selling out to the lowest bidder and our jobs are going to India. Not to mention in January they took away our insurance stuck us with only one option which is a HSA health savings account with the $7,000 deductible and covers the minimal amount that is mandated by the state of Texas.

Report abuse

Post your comment

We will not publish your email address on the website

These comments have not been moderated. You are encouraged to participate with comments that are relevant to our news stories. You should not post comments that are abusive, threatening, defamatory, misleading or invasive of privacy. For the full terms and conditions for commenting see clause 7 of our Terms and Conditions ‘Participating in Online Communities’. These terms may be updated from time to time, so please read them before posting a comment. Any comment that violates these terms may be removed in its entirety as we do not edit comments. If you wish to complain about a comment please use the "REPORT ABUSE" button or contact the editors.

Follow us

Featured Events

View more


View more