Nespresso Commits $1.2 Million To NYC Curbside Capsule Recycling Program

Posted On: 3/18/2019

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NEW YORK CITY -- Nespresso, the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) and Sims Municipal Recycling (SMR) announced that Nespresso has made a $1.2 million commitment to better enable the recovery of its aluminum coffee capsules through New York City's curbside recycling program. In addition to capsules, the commitment will allow SMR to better sort and capture lightweight aluminum, including foil and other mixed metals. This collaboration makes it possible for these items to be turned into new products.
Nespresso has a continuous focus on developing innovative solutions to make recycling as simple and convenient as possible for consumers. It offers prepaid UPS recycling bags in 48 states across the U.S. so that consumers can mail back capsules to be recycled. The collaboration with DSNY and SMR will drive the Nespresso recycling efforts further and provide consumers with additional options.
The funding from Nespresso will assist SMR in investing in the additional technology that is required to improve the efficiency of its non-magnetic household metals recycling process and help to reduce the amount of aluminum that ends up in landfill. The equipment will be operational starting fall 2019, and residents across the five boroughs in New York City will be encouraged to recycle their Nespresso capsules as part of their regular recycling routine.
The collaboration will support New York City's Zero Waste initiative, which aims to contribute zero waste to landfill by 2030. A key component of the partnership will be to encourage New York City residents to recycle Nespresso capsules as well as the 43,000 tons of aluminum foil and other mixed metals that currently end up in landfill each year.
"New York City works to have as inclusive a recycling program as possible, and the New York City Department of Sanitation supports industry efforts to maximize recovery of recyclable items," said Steven Costas, acting commissioner at the New York City Department of Sanitation. "We want to recycle all of your aluminum items, not just soda cans."
Sims Municipal Recycling's role is to take the household recyclables that DSNY collects from New Yorkers and convert them into commodities or raw materials for manufacturers.
The Nespresso recycling program with UPS will continue to be available across the United States. Consumers can bring recycling bags to one of 88,000 UPS drop-off locations or 500 collection points at Nespresso Boutiques and select retailers across the country.
Once capsules are collected, they are sent to recycling businesses that work closely with Nespresso, who separate the aluminum from the coffee grounds to give them a second life. The coffee grounds can be turned into nutrient-rich compost and topsoil. The aluminum is processed and, ultimately, reused to create new products.
Globally, Nespresso has worked alongside a range of municipalities and businesses to invest in dedicated recycling initiatives that enable the convenient collection of used capsules. In 1991, in Switzerland, Nespresso helped to develop the first recycling system dedicated to Nespresso capsules. The company also helped to implement a municipal recycling program, similar to the New York City initiative, in Paris, France. Consumers in Germany, Sweden and Finland can also recycle their capsules in the same way they do other household packaging.
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