Nespresso

Sustainability at the heart of Nespresso’s business

Sustainability at the heart of Nespresso’s business
At Nespresso, our purpose isn’t only to deliver exceptional coffee to our customers. Behind the seamless coffee experience there’s an ongoing drive to continuously deliver incredible social and environmental impacts along the entire product lifecycle. Sustainability is not only a commitment we have made, but an imperative component at every step of the coffee’s journey. We invest in sustainable coffee sourcing that results in better livelihoods for farmers and their communities, and have chosen a sustainable packaging solution to make sure a capsule’s life doesn’t end once it’s been consumed.

Nespresso capsules are made from aluminium – an infinitely recyclable material, as well as the best way to preserve the freshness of our coffee and deliver the highest quality experience.

The Nespresso capsule recycling program

Unfortunately, domestic recycling systems in Australia are currently unable to effectively sort and recycle small items, such as aluminium Nespresso capsules. To help overcome this infrastructure challenge, in 2010, Nespresso invested into pioneering and establishing its own recycling system for used capsules – the first of its kind in Australia.

Our ongoing investment into this system ensures all of ourAustralian customers can easily recycle their used Nespresso capsules, regardless of where they are or how remotely they live. You can now recycle used coffee capsules through one of four methods:

  1. Participate in the bulk recycling collection initiative where workplaces or community locations can become a recycling point. Find out how your workplace can become a collection point here.
  2. Return your used aluminium capsules to any Nespresso Boutique.
  3. Drop off your used capsules at a participating florist or garden centre collection point. Find your closest collection point here.
  4. Post your used capsules back to Nespresso using a special Australia Post recycling satchel.

Once collected by Nespresso, the used coffee is sent to an industrial composting facility to be transformed into compost. The aluminium is recycled and sent back to the aluminium industry to produce new products.

The power of partnerships

Collaboration and partnerships are crucial to achieving our long-term sustainability goals. We partner with the most credible global organisations, such as the Rainforest Alliance and Fairtrade. Each of these organisations helps to support us in driving innovation throughout our sustainability program and solving the challenges of a complex global coffee supply chain. In the same way, we also collaborate with Australian companies like Planet Ark to address and solve our local sustainability challenges.


But leading the sustainable coffee economy here in Australia doesn’t stop with us – to truly succeed, it needs to be a shared value with all Australians who enjoy our coffee. Together, we make the final choice to recycle. To find out how you can recycle your used coffee capsules, visit

https://www.nespresso.com/au/en/how-to-recycle-coffee-capsules