The instructions say to remove the film cover, dump out the contents and recycle the container with the filter. But the filter is not recyclable and you can not simply rip it off . . .
The only way I have managed to take it off is to cut the container below the lid with scissors. The filter will get cut at the same time.
Once the container and lid are separated, dump the contents, filter included into the compost and you are left with a recyclable container and can trash the lid. Trashing the lid is far better than trashing the whole pod!
Update February, 2019. I have patience and hope that my husband will make the switch away from these k-cups. He knows about the matter, but like everyone else who is on the plastic free journey, they too were in this and changed when they were ready.
Update, April 2019. We are finished with the single use pods, Chris made the switch!!