The Recycling Process

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Recycling with Nespresso

Make a change. Recycle a capsule.

Nespresso Australia is committed to ensuring we are part of a sustainable coffee economy. The good news is our capsules are made of aluminium, which is infinitely recyclable. To make it as easy as possible for all our customers to return their used capsules, we have created a nationwide recycling program.

Nespresso Business Recycling

We offer a free of charge collection service to our customers for their used Nespresso aluminium capsules. Upon request, we will supply a Bulk Recycling Kit which includes 3 large recycling boxes, each holding up to 1,500 used Nespresso aluminium Professional and in-home capsules.

Nespresso Business Recycling in 3 easy steps

1 - Order

Order a complimentary recycling kit online with any Nespresso purchase.

Order below or by calling 1800 182 206 (toll free).

2 - Collect

Collect up to 1,500 Professional and in-home Nespresso capsules in the same recycling box.

Encourage your employees and customers to recycle Nespresso capsules with our free recycling toolkit.

3 - Return

Once your box is full, arrange pick-up with our courier at no cost to you.

A new instant booking system for collections will be introduced soon, it includes a new user interface and enables you to print courier labels ahead of time to improve the pickup process.


Sustainability is at the heart of our business, and why we offer a free of charge recycling collection service for used Nespresso aluminium capsules.

Find out more about our nationwide recycling program, and how your business can participate through our video.

The Recycling Process

Every capsule has future potential

Nespresso uses aluminium for its capsules as it is the best material available today to protect the freshness, taste and quality of the Nespresso coffee blends. Aluminium is also infinitely recyclable. This means that there is potential for a second life within every capsule. So when you are finished enjoying your Nespresso Coffee, please return your Nespresso aluminium capsules to us. We will see to it that it goes on to achieve its potential through recycling.

The Separation Process

We have partnered with a local recycling centre to create a tailored recycling system to separate the aluminium and coffee in the used Nespresso capsules. Each material then goes on to live its second life.

Second Life

From coffee to compost

The recovered coffee grounds are sent to a local composting facility. There they are combined with dirt and organic matter, creating rich and nutritious compost, later distributed through many hardware and gardening stores.

From aluminium to anything

Once separated from the coffee grounds, the aluminium is compacted. It is then sent for smelting and refining. The refined metal can then be used in a variety of different products, such as cars, bikes or homewares - the possibilites are infinite.

Nespresso x Vélosophy

Nespresso x Vélosophy

Nespresso has partnered with Swedish lifestyle brand, Vélosophy, to design and develop a limited edition bike made from recycled Nespresso capsules.

This collaboration aims to unlock the potential of a circular economy, which is made possible when your business recycles its used aluminium capsules.

By recycling today, the aluminium from your capsules can be reused to create a variety of products, including a Vélosophy bicycle.

We are focusing on:

Continuing to remove barriers to recycling by developing more options and easier accessibility for our customers.

Collaborating with credible partners through a Recycling Working Group, to help inform our initiatives. Founding members include Paul Klymenko, CEO of Planet Ark, and climate change thought leader Nick Rowley.

Education and awareness, keeping our customers informed about the recyclability of our capsules and the recycling options we provide to them.

Encouraging behaviour change, so that recycling our aluminium capsules becomes a habit.

Continue to increase the number of collection points

100% of Nespresso customers have access to a recycling option

Collaborate with key environmental partners

Nespresso Australian Goals

Nespresso Australia is committed to ensuring we are part of a sustainable coffee economy. However, we face a challenge in that our products cannot be recycled through Australia’s domestic waste systems. That is why, since 2010, we have implemented a recycling program specifically for all our customers, and have worked with a local specialised recycling facility to put in place a dedicated system to recycle our used aluminium capsules.

Our commitment is to continually improve our recycling program to help ensure that as many used Nespresso capsules (both Professional and in-home) are recycled as possible.


Our commitment to sustainability goes beyond recycling; from the Nespresso AAA Sustainability Quality™ Program to the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative.

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