Collecting and recycling used capsules
Our focus is to make it as easy as possible for our Club Members to return used capsules for recycling. We started putting our own capsules collection systems in place in Switzerland in 1991. Today, in Switzerland, there are more than 2,600 collection points in our boutiques, local waste collection centres, retail outlets and street collection points.
But the complexities of the recycling process and logistics of capsule recovery, coupled with varying levels of public engagement and legislation, make a standardized approach to recycling difficult. Our AluCycle™ initiative approaches this challenge from two angles. First, introducing new collection systems for small-size aluminium packaging such as capsules and second, forming new partnerships to promote the development of more sustainable aluminium production.
Our focus is to make it as easy as possible for our Club Members to return used capsules for recycling. We first explore national packaging recycling schemes. Since 1993, in Germany, used capsules can be collected as part of the Grüner Punkt system and processed through the Duales System Deutschland packaging recycling system. Since 2010, this system is also available in Sweden through the Green Dot recycling scheme, and since 2012 in Finland. The complexities of the recycling process and the logistics of capsule recovery in countries around the world, coupled with varying levels of public commitment and legislation, make a standardised approach to collecting used capsules difficult. However, the main options are:
- Installing collection points in Nespresso boutiques
- Locating collection points within the community
- Working with courier companies to enable doorstep collection.