When I was doing some quick research on espresso makers, I found out a very interesting thing (to me) about the Nespresso Pixie - they offer collecting and recycling of the used capsules in their brewing. I gathered this information from the Nespresso website online and was up to date as of this posting.
"The pods are easy to use and can be recycled."
Collecting and recycling used capsules in the USA
The Nespresso capsule recycling program has been designed to provide convenience for our Club Members while ensuring that capsules are properly recycled at their end of life. Due to the complexities of the recycling process and inconsistent recycling infrastructure across the United States, we believe a dedicated recycling program separate from local curbside collection is currently the best way to ensure that capsules returned by our Club Members can be traced throughout the recovery process.
Capsule Recovery Process
Recycling used capsules is an important element of Nespresso’s commitment to sustainability. This is why we encourage Club Members to collect their used capsules in a dedicated container or Nespresso recycling bag and return them for recycling. Nespresso has set up three convenient return options to make it easy for Club Members to recycle. To divert capsules from landfill and give them a second life, capsules can be returned to:
1. Collection points in all Nespresso Boutiques
2. TerraCycle® collection points in retail partner locations across the country
3. UPS through Nespresso’s mail-back program in select states*
Both the OriginalLine and the VertuoLine capsules are accepted for recycling.
As we continue to grow in the US market, we will continue to work to expand our capacity to recycle, to explore innovative programs that increase awareness and convenience, and to continually increase the number of capsules recycled. Recycling is one of the areas that Nespresso is committed to as part of its overall sustainability commitments.
Used capsule storage at home
Custom-designed plastic recycling bags are provided to Club Members free-of-charge for storing used capsules at home. Recycling bags can be ordered through the Nespresso Customer Relationship Center, online or picked up at a Nespresso Boutique.
o Customer Relationship Center: Inform your Coffee Specialist that you wish to receive a recycling bag with your order.
o Online: You will be prompted to add a recycling bag to your order.
o Boutique: Club Members are encouraged to take recycling bags home with their purchase and will be provided recycling bags at no charge by staff when requested.
Collection points in all Nespresso Boutiques
We encourage our Club Members to collect their used capsules at home in a dedicated container or Nespresso recycling bag and return them to their nearest Nespresso Boutique. Many of our Club Members find it convenient to drop off their used capsules when they come to the Boutique for their next purchase. The Boutique team will consolidate capsules returned from Club Members and send them to our partners for separation and recycling.
Collection points at retail partner locations across the country
In collaboration with our retail partners, such as Sur La Table, Williams-Sonoma and many others, Nespresso collects used capsules in nearly all 50 states.
You can find out more about this program or any updates to locations and collections on the Nespresso website here.