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Date 08/05/2014

Lafarge Gives K-CUP® Packs a Second Life as Alternative Fuel at Cement Plant

Calgary, Alberta

Lafarge Canada Inc.


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.


Clients of Van Houtte Coffee Services Inc. enjoying beverages via K-Cup® packs have yet another reason to enjoy their drinks as 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, BC.  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", commented Bob Cooper, Vice President of Cement for Lafarge in western Canada.


K-Cup® packs are currently being collected by Van Houtte Coffee Services Inc. from its commercial accounts in the BC interior. Van Houtte Coffee Services Inc. is a subsidiary of Keurig Canada Inc., an affiliate of Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. "Innovation is at the heart of our actions and addressing the environmental impact of Keurig® brewing systems is a critical priority", mentioned Morten Schroder, Van Houtte Coffee Services Inc., District Manager British Columbia. "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."  Keurig Green Mountain is committed to ensuring that 100 percent of its K-Cup® packs are recyclable by 2020 and is pursuing multiples avenues to achieve this target.


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.



Jennifer Lewis

Director, Communications  |  Western Canada

Lafarge Canada Inc.

403-723-7151 or         


Morten Schroder

Van Houtte Coffee Services Inc., District Manager British Columbia     

604-552-5452 ext. 204 or



About Lafarge Canada Inc.


Lafarge Canada Inc. is Canada's largest provider of solutions to the construction and development industry. With more than 6,000 employees across Canada, our mission is to provide construction solutions that build better cities and communities. The cities where Canadians live, work, and raise their families along with the infrastructure that supports their communities such as roads, bridges, transportation links, water, and waste management benefit from the solutions provided by Lafarge.


Through our Sustainability Ambitions for 2020, Lafarge is committed to providing solutions using sustainable manufacturing practices and improving the environment in and around its operations. At locations across Canada, we have worked to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, restore wetlands for native plants and animals, and identify waste materials that can be recycled and used in our operations. For more information:




About Keurig Canada Inc.


Keurig Canada Inc. (Keurig Canada) is the Canadian business unit of Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. (Keurig). The company offers a wide range of premium coffees in a variety of formats, as well as Keurig® Single Cup Brewers and many Keurig® brewed coffees, teas and other beverages. Consumers can enjoy Keurig Canada products whether they are at home, at work, in a café-bistro and in other points of sale. Keurig Canada markets flagship brands such as Keurig®, Van Houtte®, Timothy's World Coffee®, Barista Prima Coffeehouse®, as well as Green Mountain Coffee®, Tully's® and Café Escapes® to highlight a few.


In addition to revolutionizing the Canadian beverage marketplace, Keurig Canada is also a leader in sustainable development thanks to its programs supporting local and global communities, and its initiatives to reduce its environmental footprint.


The company's Canadian principle office, management team, and coffee roasting and beverage packaging plants are located in Montreal, Quebec. Also located in Quebec are Keurig Canada's subsidiaries, GMCR Canada Café-Bistro L.P. with its network of Van Houtte® bistros, VKI Technologies Inc., and Van Houtte Coffee Services Inc. who together offer innovative beverage service options to away from home customers from branches in 30 cities across Canada. For more information, visit,,,,, and


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