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Tuesday, 4 October 2016

BBC News - City of Hamburg Bans Nespresso Pods

In February 2016 the BBC ran a piece called:

Is there a serious problem with coffee capsules?

"The German city of Hamburg has banned coffee pods from state-run buildings as part of an environmental drive to reduce waste. "  Looking at their so-called green procurement policy " the German city of Hamburg last month introduced a ban on buying "certain polluting products or product components" with council money. The ban includes specific terms for "equipment for hot drinks in which portion packaging is used" - specifically singling out the "Kaffeekapselmaschine", or coffee capsule machine, which accounts for one in eight coffees sold in Germany."

The problem is not that the individual components within a coffee capsules cannot be recycled, its that mixed together they are difficult, expensive and time consuming to separate and are therefore a expensive contaminate to the recycling system.

Nespresso do not apparently give figures on the amount of returned pods that are recycled and how many are dumped, often people think that because Nespresso has a collection service for old pods that these are all being recycled ethically and re-used.

This is why I decided to investigate this myself and to work out a method to enable me to recycle any of the Aluminium capsules I use which a often the Nespresso brand, as other use plastic pods.

The instructions in my video show how to quickly separate the components in their recyclable parts so that you can drink great coffee but not add to the problem.

Click For My Blog Post and Watch My Pod Recycling Video

Leaving the recycling to the manufacturer merely passes the buck and clears the conscience if you believe they are ethically disposing of them.  But lets face it, big business isn't renowned for its willingness to use 'profit' to help the environment when there are cheaper options.  Shareholders aren't pleased to be told their dividend was spent clearing the waste ;-)  But read the article yourself.

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Click Here to read the BBC article Is there a serious problem with coffee capsules?

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