29/03/2016 1:56 PM AEDT | Updated 15/07/2016 12:51 PM AEST

Recycling Nespresso Pods: Where And How It's Done


There's no denying that Nespresso revolutionised the at-home gourmet coffee market with the invention of those tiny pods and clever machines that made (almost) cafe quality coffee with the touch of a button.

With them came a slew of copycats, as well as the debate over whether or not the pods were very bad news for the environment (after all, Hamburg banned pods in state-run buildings due to the waste).

Though what many of us don't know is that Nespresso pods are recyclable. Sure, it's not as easy as chucking them in the designated council bin, but there's collection points all over the country.

Nespresso has capsule collection points in all of its Australian stores, but now you'll also find them in a whole bunch (pardon the pun) of florists across the country.

Drop off your used capsules at one of 200 participating florists and garden centres and they will be sent to the recycling plant in Southern NSW. From there the capsules are recycled into two streams -- the residual coffee is separated and sent to an industrial composting facility and the capsules are smelted down to be made into new aluminium products.

You can use Nespresso’s own recycling canisters or recycling bags (they come with a seal and handles to make things easy), though pods submitted for recycling will be accepted in any sealed bag.

Find your local participating florist here and pick up some blooms while you do your bit for the environment. Clever.