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Nespresso and Royal Mail partner for coffee capsule recycling scheme

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Nespresso UK has announced a partnership with Royal Mail that aims to transform coffee capsule recycling for households across the country.

Nespresso customers now have two new options for recycling their coffee capsules with Royal Mail. They can arrange a free doorstep collection from their local postie using Royal Mail’s returns service. Alternatively, they can drop them off at any of the 14,000+ Royal Mail drop-off locations, including Royal Mail Customer Service Points and Post Offices.

Research commissioned by Nespresso to mark Recycle Week [16-22 October 2023] demonstrates just how important it is for recycling to be simple and convenient: despite 91% of UK shoppers claiming they often recycle, many said they find recycling confusing (42%), and difficult (32%).

This partnership will increase nationwide access to easy and effective recycling methods for Nespresso capsules. Just over half of Royal Mails’ routes are wholly or partly on foot which helps to keep emissions low when compared to other carriers.

Anna Lundstrom, CEO Nespresso UK & ROI, said: “Nespresso’s official partnership with Royal Mail brings recycling to the heart of the community, no matter where you live in the UK. Royal Mail is not only an iconic British institution, it also is recognised as having the lowest emissions per parcel as their ‘feet on the street’ posties walk up to a billion steps a day. Recycling needs to be convenient, simple, and sustainable – and our partnership with Royal Mail is central to achieving that vision.”

Nespresso co-founded not-for-profit coffee pod recycling service Podback. Its UK customers can still use this service and can still drop their used capsules at any Nespresso Boutique.

Furthermore, Nespresso’s capsules are made with 80% recycled aluminium which is infinitely recyclable. Recycled aluminium is turned into new products such as beverage cans and car components. Used coffee grounds are also used to create soil improver, used on cereal farms in East Yorkshire, and renewable energy to power UK homes.

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