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The Recycling Process


Recycling with Nespresso

Make a change. Recycle a capsule.

Nespresso New Zealand 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.

We are committed to creating a positive impact. Doing is everything.

How to Recycle Nespresso Aluminium Capsules in Your Business Video

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


Order a complimentary recycling kit by calling 0800 466 060

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

Encourage your employees and customers to recycle Nespresso aluminium capsules with our educational poster

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

Organise a pick-up

How to Recycle Nespresso Aluminium Capsules in Your Business 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 Coffees. 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 New Zealand Goals

Nespresso New Zealand is committed to ensuring we are part of a sustainable coffee economy. The good new is that our coffee capsules are made from aluminium, which is infinitely recyclable. As our capsules cannot be recycled through New Zealand's domestic waste systems, we have - since opening our first Boutique in 2011 - made recycling collection points available, and have worked with a recycling plant 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.

We are focusing on:

  • Continuing to remove barriers to recycling by developing more options and easier accessibility for our customers.
  • Collaborating with credible partners such as TerraCycle, to grow the network of collection points throughout the NZ community.
  • 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


of Nespresso customers have access to a recycling option

Collaborate with key environmental partners

Nespresso Global Sustainability Approach

Nespresso has a sustainability vision for 2020 called The Positive Cup. It builds on significant steps the company has taken over the past 13 years to improve farmer welfare and drive environmental sustainability in coffee sourcing and consumption. The Positive Cup aims to create positive outcomes for coffee farmers, the communities we operate in, the environment and for Nespresso as a business.