Is there a serious problem with coffee capsules?
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.
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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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