We need your help to reduce environmental impact and take care of our planet: join the project with illy and TerraCycle® to recycle your used coffee capsules. Save your used capsules, we will collect them at our expense and the plastic and aluminium will then be separated out.
They will be recycled to make materials for new products and the used coffee will be turned into compost, thus reducing waste. Because, one day at a time, one step after another, every one of us can make a difference for a sustainable world.
To protect the environment and reduce the impact of the polypropylene and aluminium that Iperespresso and the Nespresso® compatible capsules are made of, illycaffè has partnered with TerraCycle®, an international leader in hard-to-recycle waste recycling. TerraCycle® collects the capsules, separates out the coffee and recycles the plastic and aluminium to convert them into new materials. The coffee waste is then sent to an industrial composting plant.
While almost all waste is potentially recyclable, it is not always cost-effective to do so with traditional collection methods. This is why many local waste collections don’t accept certain materials – and this is where TerraCycle® comes in. illy coffee capsules, for example, are made from a complex mix of materials which require specific equipment and techniques to recycle them. This makes the recycling process itself very expensive compared to the value of the end product. This is why waste such as illy coffee capsules cannot be recycled by your local waste service: it simply doesn't make economic sense.
To solve this issue and make the economics work, TerraCycle® works in partnership with brand sponsors like illy, who cover these costs so that they can offer free nationwide recycling programmes to the public.
To send your used illy coffee capsules to TerraCycle®, we recommend you reuse the box the capsules were delivered in to collect your waste (maximum size 60 cm x 60 cm x 50 cm). Once you have collected the minimum weight, tape the box up properly. Request your shipping label from the illy website, download and print the label from your email inbox and stick it to the parcel.
Note that each label is unique and can only be used once for a single parcel. If you wish to send subsequent parcels, you will need to download a new label.
If the capsules are wet or dirty, you should pack them in a plastic bag and tie it shut first before putting them in the box, to stop the box getting damaged if they leak.
UK only: Order a pick-up by calling UPS on 03457 877 877, or arrange a pick-up and select a pick up location through the UPS website by clicking here: https://wwwapps.ups.com/pickup/schedule?loc=en_GB#/
You can also take your parcel to your nearest UPS drop-off point, which you can find here: https://www.ups.com/dropoff/?loc=en_GB
The capsules do not need to be clean in order to be recycled.
However, before you send us your capsules try and make sure they do not contain any liquid. Wait until the capsules are cold, then shake or squeeze them over the sink for about 10 seconds to get any remaining liquid out.
If your recycled capsules are wet or dirty, we recommend that you put them in a bag and seal it properly before packing it in the box, so the box does not get damaged by any leaks.
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