Nespresso coffee pods can be recycled by taking them into one of their 9 Nespresso UK boutiques or by sending them off in the post. Illy, Dolce Gusto and Tassimo have their own recycling schemes which usually entails sending used capsules off to a specialised recycling plant. Most local recycling collections don’t take pods because they are made up of a mix of materials. However, you might be able to disassemble the pod and recycle parts of it and use the coffee grounds for composting but this defeats the point of having ‘convenient coffee’.
Kill the K Cup Campaign
Although relatively unheard of in the UK, Keurig is to the US what Nespresso is to Western Europe. In 2013, a campaign was launched against Keurig called “Kill the K-Cup” in order to raise awareness of the environmental impact K-Cups and pods are having on the environment. As part of their campaign, they teamed up with Canadian production company Egg Studios to produce a vision of a dystopian future where pods come back to haunt the earth:
Keurig, who had a 79% share of coffee pod sales in the US in 2015, are committed to ensuring their K-Cup pods are fully recyclable by 2020. The campaign served to raise environmental awareness which appears to have had an impact in the US as sales of Keurig coffee machines have fallen even though sales of pod machines continue to rise in Europe.