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Nespresso starting recycling services in France
December 29, 2009, 4:08 pm
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Swiss fastmover Nestlé subsidiary Nespresso has started recycling services for its coffee capsules in  France.


Fan of its coffee, I am happy to learn that Nespresso is starting to recycle its alumuminium-coffee capsules. The aluminium and coffee of the capsules so far are not being recycled as public waste management centers do not pick out aluminium parts smaller than 7 centimer in France.

Nespresso has started recycling services in its largest market, France, following Switzerland, Portugal and Germany. The objective is to have recycled  75% of its capsules by 2013.

Private customers and companies can bring their used coffee capsules to 18 retail shops in Paris from where they are further transported. At the recycle center Coved, south of Paris, the aluminium is melted and resold to aluminium suppliers and the coffee is used as compost or burned for heath generation.

Nespresso also cooperates with public waste management services  to stimulate technologies in waste management centers like Foucault-current. the Foucualt system creates a small magnetic field created that attracts also small aluminium particles like Nespresso capsules. The system is being tested in the French regions Var, Rhone and Aples-Maritimes.

source : ‘Nespresso collecte et recycle ses capsules’, Environnement Magazine, december 2009.


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