The steps to recycling those little Nespresso capsules of joy
As time as gone on we have become more aware of the environmental impact of the food and drink we consume including the pods and capsules we use in our machines. With the amount of pods now available in the market it is hard to know which ones are best. Particularly with compatible pods as many are made from plastic – which can take up to 500 years to degrade. Other companies sell aliminium based pods – but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are completely recyclable as sometimes they are multi alloy. We have been rolling out our new biodegradable pods & capsules. These pods use d2w oxo-biodegradable plastic technology. This means that they are recyclable and biodegradable (but not able to be composted). You can dispose of them in your standard plastics bin or in general waste where they will degrade at an accelerated rate (normally two years).
How to recycle Nespresso coffee capsules here in the UK.
1) Place your order for 200 capsules to get the usual free postage, while you are on the Nespresso site go to accessories and put in two lots of “Collect+” paid postage labels and also of course the #nespressorecyclebags to put your used capsules in (like the photo above Green in colour).
2) Fill the bags with your used Nespresso capsules
3) When the capsules reach the dotted line on the bag it is time to seal it.
4) Stick the paid postage label on the bag
5) Check out the Collect+ website to print off a label (if you do not have one already) find out where your local Collect+ Drop off point is using the post code location tool (for us it is out local Spar where we buy our newspapers).
6) Delivery it to closest Collect + Partner store and get a receipt to track your parcel back to the recycling centre at the Tandom Metallurgical Group in Congleton just off the M6 Motorway.
7) Tell all your friends about it!
Now compare that to what you need to do with our pods.
1) Remove the foil lid
2) Empty the ground coffee contents into your compost bin (a great fertiliser)
3) Place the plastic pod into your recycling bin for plastics…
Thats really it!!