They seem like innocent appliances, simply making coffee for people. Pop a capsule in, press a button, and a minute later, behold — the perfect cup. Nothing to measure out, nothing to clean up, just throw the empty pod in the bin and you’re good to go.
Every morning, tens of millions of coffee drinkers around the world pop a little capsule filled with pre-ground beans into a cleverly compatible machine. But is there a hidden cost for such convenience? The simple answer is that due to the intensive manufacturing process and the waste left after use, most coffee pods are not environmentally-friendly. The longer answer is that the extent of impact depends on the brand and your individual coffee habits.
Luckily you can now recycle with Nespresso!
You can recycle your used Nespresso capsules. Nespresso Club Members and South African coffee lovers will be able to easily return their used Nespresso capsules for recycling at all Nespresso Boutiques. In line with the company’s global approach, Nespresso has implemented a dedicated recycling system, tailored to the recycling processes and logistics in South Africa where Nespresso used capsules cannot be recycled via traditional waste collection and recycling systems.
Once collected, used Nespresso capsules will be recycled by a fully-integrated and highly certified environmental service company that has assumed a leading role in South Africa for the delivery of superior environmental and resource recovery solutions.
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