What happens when you recycle your coffee pods?

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What happens when you recycle your coffee pods?

How and why you should recycle your capsules

The life cycle of a coffee pod doesn’t end when you finish sipping your favourite cup of Nespresso. The capsules and coffee grounds can be reused in new and innovative ways to create fertiliser, cars, bicycles, computers and more. Disposing of your coffee pods may seem like a chore but with Nespresso’s recycling program you can enjoy delicious coffee made with ease, and make a difference to the world we live in.

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Why recycle coffee pods?

The aluminium used in Nespresso pods is actually very easy to recycle but it’s not as simple as throwing your used capsules into your home recycling bin. Unfortunately, general waste facilities are not equipped to effectively break down the pods. By recycling your Nespresso coffee pods, you give them a new life and reduce your environmental footprint.

Why does Nespresso use Aluminium for its coffee capsules

Aluminium is the best material to protect the freshness, taste and quality of your coffee. The use of aluminium means there is no need for additional over-packaging to protect freshness and taste. And, as a naturally-occurring metal, it is infinitely recyclable, with an estimated 75% of all aluminium ever produced still in use today.

How you can recycle your coffee pods

There are four ways you can recycle your used Nespresso aluminium coffee capsules in New Zealand:

How are the recyclable coffee pods reused?

The aluminium is sent for smelting and refining. The refined metal can then be used for a wide range of products, such homewares, bikes, computers, cars, knives, BBQ tongs, ladders, window frames or maybe, just maybe, another coffee capsule.

Once separated from the aluminum, the recovered coffee grounds are sent to a local composting facility. Coffee grounds are an excellent nitrogen source for composting and can be used in compost fertiliser to enrich large areas of soil such as rice fields or even vineyards.

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