By 2020 Nespresso commits to

100% responsibly managed aluminium

our plan

We are committed to helping to drive the responsible production of aluminium moving forward. We are one of the founders of the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) that in 2014 defined the first international Standard for responsible aluminium.

Our hermetically sealed aluminium capsules provide the best protection against oxygen, light and humidity. Additional advantages: it eliminates the need for overwrapping, its light weight allows for more sustainable logistics and it is infinitely recyclable.

Nespresso recognises its obligations along the value chain. We will continue to expand the collection capacity for our capsules and increase recycling rates. Additionally, we will source 100% of primary aluminium for our capsules in accordance with the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative‘s new standard.

Capsule recycling is one of our priorities, since new products can be made from recycled aluminium again and again. This is why we make it as easy as possible for our consumers to recycle their Nespresso capsules: we create new recycling options or collaborate with national or local recycling schemes. Consumer participation is essential in the recycling effort which is why we regularly inform our consumers about the various recycling options through mailings and information material in our boutiques.

Together with our ASI partners we continue to work on the ASI Assurance Model which will define how the new Standard for responsible aluminium will be audited and how certification will be granted.

Quick facts

  • Recycling made easy <b>Nespresso</b> coffee capsules can easily be disposed of just look for the Yellow Bag, the Yellow Bin and recycling bins or at communal recycling centers
  • Between 2005 and 2016 the demand for aluminium scrap doubled 51% of aluminium demand was met with recycled aluminium in 2014
  • The amount of waste produced by capsules is extremely small 8,000 tons of aluminium waste peryear in germany 0,3% of total packaging
  • The recycling rate of aluminium packaging keeps on rising it rose to 92.2% in 2014 that is almost 18x in the last 25 years
  • Recycled aluminium is used in the car and construction industry from being re-used in engine blocks and window frames to household goods, spray cans or bikes aluminiumis often infinitely recyclable

Nespresso has installed over 100,000 dedicated capsule collection points in countries all over the world.

Nespresso launched its first recycling program for used coffee capsules in Switzerland in 1991. In 2016 we celebrated our 25 year recycling anniversary in Switzerland.

any questions?

Why does Nespresso use aluminium for its capsules?

Do Nespresso capsules cause large amounts of waste?

How can Nespresso customers recycle used capsules?

By 2020 Nespresso commits to

100% responsibly managed aluminium

our plan

We are committed to helping to drive the responsible production of aluminium moving forward. We are one of the founders of the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) that in 2014 defined the first international Standard for responsible aluminium.

Our hermetically sealed aluminium capsules provide the best protection against oxygen, light and humidity. Additional advantages: it eliminates the need for overwrapping, its light weight allows for more sustainable logistics and it is infinitely recyclable.

Nespresso recognises its obligations along the value chain. We will continue to expand the collection capacity for our capsules and increase recycling rates. Additionally, we will source 100% of primary aluminium for our capsules in accordance with the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative‘s new standard.

Capsule recycling is one of our priorities, since new products can be made from recycled aluminium again and again. This is why we make it as easy as possible for our consumers to recycle their Nespresso capsules: we create new recycling options or collaborate with national or local recycling schemes. Consumer participation is essential in the recycling effort which is why we regularly inform our consumers about the various recycling options through mailings and information material in our boutiques.

Together with our ASI partners we continue to work on the ASI Assurance Model which will define how the new Standard for responsible aluminium will be audited and how certification will be granted.

Quick facts

  • Recycling made easy <b>Nespresso</b> coffee capsules can easily be disposed of just look for the Yellow Bag, the Yellow Bin and recycling bins or at communal recycling centers
  • Between 2005 and 2016 the demand for aluminium scrap doubled 51% of aluminium demand was met with recycled aluminium in 2014
  • The amount of waste produced by capsules is extremely small 8,000 tons of aluminium waste peryear in germany 0,3% of total packaging
  • The recycling rate of aluminium packaging keeps on rising it rose to 92.2% in 2014 that is almost 18x in the last 25 years
  • Recycled aluminium is used in the car and construction industry from being re-used in engine blocks and window frames to household goods, spray cans or bikes aluminiumis often infinitely recyclable

Nespresso has installed over 100,000 dedicated capsule collection points in countries all over the world.

Nespresso launched its first recycling program for used coffee capsules in Switzerland in 1991. In 2016 we celebrated our 25 year recycling anniversary in Switzerland.

any questions?

Why does Nespresso use aluminium for its capsules?

Do Nespresso capsules cause large amounts of waste?

How can Nespresso customers recycle used capsules?