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A simple, convenient and national programme to recycle used capsules

© FTI, a Green Dot recycling station in Sweden.

Club Members in Sweden and Finland recycle capsules via national recovery programmes

In recent years, Nespresso joined the national recovery programmes in Sweden and Finland—enabling consumers to easily recycle their Nespresso capsules. Club Members can bring their used capsules to 10,000 packaging recycling stations in Finland and 5,800 “Green Dot” stations in Sweden. They can also use the collection containers for metal, which are available in many buildings.

The process is simple, quick and convenient, as these are the same stations where people deposit other recyclable items. All stations are part of Sweden and Finland’s national recovery networks, which sort and recycle packaging material from consumer products.

In the Nordic countries, people are very conscious of the impact they make on the environment, and recycling is critical. However, simplicity and convenience are also important. That is why Nespresso decided to join the national recycling schemes, rather than creating its own separate programmes. And since the national recycling organizations had a common goal to increase overall recycling, they welcomed Nespresso into their country-wide schemes.


Fuelling the melting process with coffee grounds

The national recycling programmes are simple and convenient to use. So far, feedback from Club Members has been incredibly positive. In fact, the programme has become a key differentiator for us in the region.

Kristen A Hovland,
Market Director

Nespresso Nordic

To collect the used capsules in Sweden, Nespresso works with an organisation that provides companies with access to the national recycling systems. A separate operational company called FTI is responsible for the actual packaging and newspaper collection. The process is similar in Finland with the organizations PYR and MePak.

After used Nespresso capsules and other aluminium products are collected from the recycling stations, they are separated from other metals. The aluminium is then pressed into blocks and transported to a smelting plant, where it is melted. Any remaining coffee is incinerated. The heat produced by the incineration is re-used as energy in the melting process. In other words, the coffee becomes fuel to recycle the capsules.


Building its capsule collection systems

Nespresso has built its capacity to source responsible aluminium and recycle used capsules.
At the end of 2015, 36 countries had dedicated systems in place to collect used capsules and we estimate that our collection capacity reached 86% at the end of 2015.

Nespresso strongly believes in both the value of aluminium packaging and in recycling its capsules after use. The company selected aluminium for its capsules because it is the best material available to protect the delicate flavours and aromas of Nespresso Grands Crus. Aluminium is also infinitely recyclable. Recycling aluminium produces only 5% of the carbon emissions of primary aluminium.

For more information about Nespresso recycling systems, please see the factsheet “Perfecting our Packaging Solutions.” (PDF, 254Kb)