Coffee Capsules Never Recyclable Curbside
While plastic coffee capsules are often touted as “recyclable,” the cups are actually too small to be captured and recycled in recycling facilities where objects are separated based on size and density.
Alternative Ways to Recycle
Nespresso Capsule Recycling
Find a collection point to drop off your Nespresso capsules for recycling. Or you can order a Recycling Bag for Nespresso capsules free with any purchase from Nespresso’s website. Each bag can hold up to 200 OriginalLine or 100 VertuoLine capsules. Once filled, you can return this bag at no charge via UPS.
iperEspresso Capsule Recycling Program
The illy coffee company created the iperEspresso Capsule Recycling Program, which upcycles iperEspresso coffee capsules and turns them into beneficial products like park benches. Drop off used capsules at a Sur La Table location or learn more about mail-in options here.
Ways to Reduce
Purchase a Reusable Coffee Capsule
Try Another Brewing Method
Many other methods of making coffee use fewer materials than capsules. French presses or espresso makers don’t require any single-use materials. Percolators or pour-over coffee kits only require a coffee filter.