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Recycling at Nespresso

The last drop doesn’t mean the last use

Nespresso has been committed to recycling since the beginning, so the coffee capsules remain valuable even after using them. Each capsule, which is recycled, becomes a new form of everyday objects - as a new capsule, as a bicycle, as a Swiss knife, as a vegetable husk, as a ladder or as a frame of glasses. Learn about the recycling process, be part of our recycling efforts and protect our environment.

WHY IS ALUMINIUM IMPORTANT TO NESPRESSO AS A RAW MATERIAL?

When Nespresso created the concept of the first portioned coffee sealed in capsules, it was a prime consideration to keep the coffee as fresh as possible till the moment it is prepared, in order to ensure its flavour and aromas remain excellent. This is why aluminium was chosen - a material which provides perfect protection for coffee from light and air, ensuring its remains fresh.

A further advantage of aluminium is that it is infinitely recyclable. Here in Hungary we collect used coffee capsules since 2012 in our Boutiques, and you can also give your used capsules to the courier when receiving your online order since 2017.

Did you know?
The world's first 1 kg mass of aluminium was presented at the 1855 World Expo in Paris. The silver-sparkling piece of metal was called "clay silver" because it was made of clay-like ore. At that time, the price of aluminium was still in gold, so at first they made jewels out of it.

WHAT CAN I DO?

Which type of capsules would you like to recycle?

COLLECT USED CAPSULES SEPARATELY IN A RECYCLING BAG

The Nespresso Recycling Bag is a sealable plastic bag made from recycled material, which we give for free to our customers.

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RETURN THE COLLECTED COFFEE CAPSULES

In person

Return the collected coffee capsules to one of our Nespresso Boutiques, from where we can deliver them to the appropriate place for processing.

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By courier service

Hand over your used capsules to the courier when receiving your next order.

  1. 1. Add a free Nespresso Recycling Bag to your order.
  2. 2. Select "Next day" or "Scheduled" delivery in the checkout process. Check the "With used capsule drop-off.
  3. 3. When receiving your new order, please stick the sticker attached to your parcel on the black recycling bag containing your used capsules, and hand it over to the courier.

COLLECT USED CAPSULES SEPARATELY IN A RECYCLING BAG

Order the large Nespresso Professional Recycling bag that holds 800 Nespresso Professional used capsules.

To order, contact the Lyreco Customer Service at 06 80 08 01 08 or at nespresso.hu@lyreco.com.

The collection bag is free to ship with our courier service.

Article number: 10.626.795

RETURN THE COLLECTED COFFEE CAPSULES

Used Nespresso Professional coffee pods are collected only by the Hungarian distributor Lyreco CE, SE Hungary Branch at the same time as the delivery of capsules.

To have your used capsules collected, please call Lyreco Customer Support at 06 80 08 01 08.

The used Nespresso Professional capsules can not be returned in Nespresso Boutiques in the absence of special permission.

WHAT HAPPENS TO COFFEE CAPSULES ONCE THEY HAVE BEEN COLLECTED?

The coffee capsules collected by us are delivered to our partner, where they are processed and recycled using appropriate skill and methods.

B2C

  • Aluminium capsules are separated from plastic recycling bags.
  • The capsules are exposed to air and dried.
  • The capsules are processed, with aluminium separated from coffee grounds.
  • The aluminium capsules are recycled as raw material for numerous local products, while coffee grounds recycled by composting.

B2B

  • Aluminium capsules are separated from plastic recycling bags.
  • The capsules are exposed to air and dried.
  • The capsules are processed, with aluminium separated from coffee grounds.
  • The aluminium capsules are recycled as raw material for numerous local products, while coffee grounds recycled by composting.
LEARN MORE ABOUT LOCAL USED CAPSULE PROCESSING (IN HUNGARIAN)!

The second life of the capsules

Our partner: Tipton Eyeworks

We felt it important to choose a company for our local partner who not only create quality products, but also focus on recycling. Founded in 2004, Tipton Eyeworks is a world–renowned manufacturer of hand-made glasses made of recycled materials. Their products are produced exclusively in Hungary.

Learn more about Tipton Eyeworks

Tipton inspired by Nespresso

The Hungarian Tipton Eyeworks designers designed a unique glass collection for Nespresso, made from recycled aluminium. Eyewear was inspired by Nespresso Kazaar, Dharkan, Roma and Livanto capsules. These exclusive, uniquely designed eyeglass frames are limited editions, which are not commercially available.

Did you know?
Tipton's outstanding customer is the well-known glass collector Sir Elton John, who once bought the company's entire collection at a London store. Tipton's glasses are also featured by world-renowned musicians such as Lenny Kravitz, Michael Madsen, FloRida, Tarantino, or the U2 frontman Bono, and many Hungarian celebrities including Róbert Alföldi and Attila Till.

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Discover the glasses in our galery

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are Nespresso capsules recyclable?

    Nespresso capsules are made from aluminium – the best material to protect the freshness and quality of our coffees, which has the additional benefit of being infinitely recyclable. Nespresso has been investing in its dedicated recycling scheme for more than 25 years. We are committed to making it as simple and convenient for our customers to recycle their Nespresso capsules.

  • How can Nespresso customers recycle their used capsules?

    Nespresso has its own dedicated recycling scheme, offering a range of options to make it simple and convenient for customers to recycle their used capsules. We have more than 100,000 collection points around the world, convenient courier and postal services, and Recycle@home initiatives in 18 countries. Our ambition is to have our aluminium capsules included in established collective recycling schemes, and we are working with governments and local authorities to achieve this.

  • What is done with the recycled aluminium and coffee grounds?

    Our recycled capsules go back into the aluminium value chain, where they are recycled into a range of uses – such as car engines, bicycles, computers, soda cans, or even new capsules. We also re-use the coffee grounds to create nutrient-rich compost or green energy.

  • Why does Nespresso use aluminium for its capsules?

    We use aluminium because it is the best material to protect the freshness, taste and quality of Nespresso coffees. Aluminium is a naturally-occurring metal and is infinitely recyclable. Thanks to the aluminium, there is no need for additional over-packaging to protect freshness and taste. Recycled aluminium is extremely versatile. An estimated 75% of all aluminium ever produced is still in use today. Aluminium is used in a wide range of products, from food packaging to cars and computers, window frames to bicycles.

  • How are Nespresso capsules recycled?

    Through the dedicated Nespresso scheme, used capsules are sent to our recycling facility. They are shredded to separate the coffee grounds from the aluminium capsule. The coffee grounds are transformed into green energy or nutrient-rich compost. The empty capsules are heated to melt off the plastic coating and other materials. Once only pure aluminium remains, this is melted and recycled.

  • Are your capsules made from recycled aluminium?

    Nespresso capsules require a special grade of aluminium. The availability of recycled aluminium in this specific grade is very low. In fact, the best source of the correct grade of aluminium is from recycled Nespresso capsules. We are using recycled Nespresso capsules to make new capsules wherever it is feasible and it makes sense environmentally.

  • Have you ever considered using plastic capsules as an alternative?

    Plastic capsules generally need more packaging such as an additional wrapper to preserve freshness. Ironically, this is often made of aluminium. We believe aluminium is the more sustainable material for our capsules as it reduces the need for extra packaging and protects the freshness and quality of our coffee - and it is infinitely recyclable.

  • What is the carbon footprint of portioned coffee?

    We believe that portioned coffee makes sense from a sustainability perspective. We use a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) approach to measure the carbon footprint of our products. We are working at all stages of our product life-cycle – from seed to sip – to reduce our environment impact. Since 2009, we have already reduced the carbon footprint of every cup of Nespresso by almost 20%.

  • Does portioned coffee generate unnecessary waste?

    We use a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) approach to measure the environmental impact of our products. It shows that the greatest impacts are the processes of coffee farming, followed by the machine-use phase. Packaging is not the main driver of the environmental impact, it only comes third. With the Nespresso precision consumption system, our customers only use the exact amount of water, coffee and energy needed to make one cup with no wasted resources - minimizing food, water and energy waste. The precise use of resources in a precision consumption system can actually reduce waste, and in many scenarios this more than compensates for the additional packaging used for portioned coffee.