I'm purchasing "compostable" K-cup coffee pods from Ethical Bean (see attached photo) that work in Keurig single-serve coffee machines. According to their FAQ, these compostable pods are OK for the green bin. But according to this 2018 article by the CBC, I shouldn't be putting compostable plastics in the green bin.)
I wrote to the Recycling Council of British Columbia and got this response.
Compostable plastics like the compostable K-cups are not currently accepted through green bin programs in BC. These types of plastics are unfortunately not compatible with the organics processing facilities that exist in the province, as they require processing at a very high heat for an extended period of time. Acceptability of these types of items in green bin programs varies substantially based on local facilities, so while they might be compostable in some systems they are not accepted here. Currently, these pods should be disposed of as garbage, as they are not recyclable as plastic.
However, this answer seems strange to me. The pod doesn't seem to be made of plastic at all? The box (shown below) says it is made of coffee chaff. So I'm wondering if these pods are actually made with the problematic PLA, and whether the response I got from RCBC is relevant to this specific product.
(My original motivating question, not previously asked on this site, is: can compostable coffee pods be placed in the organics/green bin in Surrey, BC? Feel free to answer this with good sources for bonus points.)