Sustainable Packaging


"Switzerland now has the capability to recycle 100% of used aluminium capsules, creating new value from a raw material that was supposedly at the end of its lifecycle."

Today, the consumer experience is about much more than simply enjoying a good cup of coffee. The increasing importance of environmental issues means numerous other factors must now be taken into account, including knowing how raw materials were harvested, how they were developed, and what happens to the product at the end of its lifecycle.

Nespresso capsules and coffee groundsFrom early on, Nespresso took up the challenge of recycling its aluminium capsules. Back in 1991, a brand-specific collection and revaluation system was established across Switzerland.

When Nespresso developed its first capsule in the 1980s, numerous materials were tested. Aluminium was found to be the best option, as it was the only material capable of retaining the full flavour of a coffee bean while simultaneously protecting it from light, oxygen and moisture. For this reason, Nespresso capsules need no extra wrapping to ensure the coffee inside maintains its taste.

Time and again, aluminium can be melted, shaped into any form and adapted to any use while retaining its original physical properties.

The second life of a Nespresso capsule

Enjoying that rich taste is just part of the Nespresso coffee experience. Once you have finished your coffee, you can take further satisfaction in the knowledge you are giving new life to premium raw materials. Here is how you can help a used Nespresso capsule to be repurposed.

It all begins when capsules from the 2700 collection points in Switzerland are dispatched to the Barec Group's treatment centre for used aluminium capsules in Moudon. On site, aluminium and coffee grounds are then separated in a multi-step process.

Did you know?

Nespresso Professional capsules are made of aluminium and can be recycled in the same way as the original Nespresso capsules.

Recycled coffee grounds

Today, a capsule can be repurposed as any number of objects: a new capsule, a bicycle frame, a window frame, an automobile part, a lamp, etc. Nespresso has even used recycled aluminium capsules from Switzerland to produce parts for its Pixie coffee machines.

In 2016 Nespresso is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its aluminium capsule recycling programme.

Did you know?

Recycling aluminium delivers 95% energy savings compared with manufacturing new aluminium.

The other component of a Nespresso capsule is the coffee grounds, which have considerable potential for recycling. There are multiple uses for this resource, with compost production at the top of the list.

Due to their biological properties, coffee grounds help fertilise soils and make them lighter. They are particularly suited to certain crops, such as the vineyards of the Lavaux region.

Did you know?

The energy potential of coffee grounds is 3 to 5 times higher than that of wood.

Where and how can I recycle my Nespresso capsules?

As a coffee drinker, you are both the starting point and a vital link in the recycling process of used capsules. For your convenience, Nespresso offers a number of different collection systems for your aluminium capsules.

Switzerland has over 2700 collection points for used aluminium capsules.

A number of different networks are available: Nespresso boutiques, Nespresso machine retail outlets, and waste collection centres in certain regions.

Recycling at Home

Nespresso members now have the ability to recycle their used aluminium capsules in an hassle-free way.

Launched throughout Switzerland in 2012, the "Recycling at Home" service is offered in partnership with the Swiss Post and is entirely free of charge.

With the "Recycling at Home" service, you do not have to go anywhere: we come to you and collect your used capsules directly from your home.
All you need to do is leave your bag of used capsules in your mailbox at any time, making sure that the yellow label is visible, and the mailman will collect it on the next delivery day.

The advantage of this service is the optimisation of logistical resources: the transportation service used for postal deliveries is the same one used to collect your capsules.

Did you know?

96% of Nespresso Members live less than 5 km from a collection point. With the 'Recycling@Home' service, you can even recycle capsules from the comfort of your home.

With the "Recycling at Home" service, you do not have to go anywhere: we come to you and collect your used capsules directly from your home.

Recycling at Home

Here is how the "Recycling at Home" service works in three simple steps:

Recycling at Home step 1
Fill the recycling bag with your used Nespresso capsules and close it tightly.
Recycling at Home step 2
Pull the label off the top of the bag and place the bag in the mailbox.
Recycling at Home step 3
Make sure that the removable label is clearly visible. The mailman will collect it the next time he delivers your mail.

Bag collection days: From Monday to Friday when mail is delivered. If your bag is not collected, please contact Nespresso using the tollfree number 0800 55 52 53. The recycling bags and home collection service are provided free of charge. Each bag holds upto 200 capsules.

Please note: The label must be clearly visible from the outside of your mailbox. The bag will not be collected if the label is not visible.

Recycling bin for used Nespresso capsules

Want to be sure your capsules do not end up in the bin? What better way than to have a dedicated recycling container?

With the capacity to hold up to 100 capsules

This beautifully designed object will quickly find its place in your kitchen and become part of your coffee routine.

The recycling process relies on you as its starting point, but it would not be possible without the joint efforts of a network of partners who generate economic activity by giving raw materials a second life.

Nespresso is supported by companies specialising in waste disposal, logistics, sorting, recycling, and waste recycling, as well as postal services and nature conservation organisations. Through this wide range of expertise, the used aluminium capsules collected by you are given new life in one form or another.

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Going a step further with The Positive Cup.

Nespresso sustainable companyNespresso has created and implemented a number of other pioneering programmes to reduce the environmental impact of its activities and create positive action.

The brand has notably created a major programme called 'The Positive Cup', which aims to ensure that every cup of coffee has a positive impact on the following 3 areas: coffee farming, the aluminium industry and climate protection.

By 2020, more than 500 million Swiss francs will have been invested in a whole range of initiatives, including better management of forest resources, the establishment of pension and health insurance programmes for coffee farmers, reducing the carbon footprint, promoting recycling, ensuring the traceability of aluminium, and developing efficient collection systems for Nespresso capsules all over the world.

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