Nespresso is the pioneer in premium, single-serve coffee. While Nespresso capsules are made from aluminum, which is infinitely recyclable, they do not always reach recycling facilities. So Nespresso, in partnership with UPS, established a dedicated capsule recycling program in the U.S.
Nespresso offers consumers pre-paid recycling bags to return used capsules, which can be dropped off at any UPS location, Nespresso Boutique or other participating retailers. Capsules are then sent to recycling partners who separate the coffee grounds from the aluminum. The clean aluminum is processed and reused, while coffee grounds are composted into high-quality soil used for landscaping.
Kika Buhrmann, vice president of business to business at Nespresso, explains how their relationship with UPS is vital to their circular initiative:
Our commitment to the circular use of our products is why we are especially proud of our long-time partnership with UPS to provide several options for convenient recycling. Consumers as well as our hotel, restaurant and office customers can bring their capsules to one of 88,000 UPS drop-off locations or 500 collection points in Nespresso Boutiques and select retailers across the country.
We will continue to encourage consumers and businesses to recycle, working toward our ultimate ambition of recycling all Nespresso capsules.
We could not make recycling easy and accessible if it weren’t for our valued partnership with UPS, and we look forward to continuing to collaborate for years to come.