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Nespresso Recycling

International Recycling Day || visiting Nespresso's recycling plant

Did you know aluminium can be 100% recycled without losing any quality? And that it only takes 5% the energy necessary to produce new aluminium! #awesome

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Did you know you can do all sorts of stuff with your coffee grounds, like for example turn it into Bio-gas?

3. THINGS GET REALLY SHAKEY

Now all bits and pieces get some dancing lessons; by shaking the shredded parts the coffee gets filtered out

 

4. TIME TO SAY GOODBYE

Since the coffee has been filtered out, what’s left is pieces of the shiny aluminium and shredded plastic bag which are separated at this part

In 2002 the term Cradle to Cradle (C2C) saw the light, a concept of total recycling through design. Now in recent years that evolved into ‘Circular’ or ‘Circular economy’, a beautiful concept in which we keep resources in use for as long as possible.

Within this process, recycling is a very important step. And for recycling to be done well a very important step is separating waste.

I got the chance to see what happens with our @nespresso_nl coffee cups when we separate them from our waste and make sure they make their way back to Nespresso’s recycling plant.

  1. OH HELLO!

The first step in the recycling process is collecting the used cups at the recycling plant

 

2. OFF WE-GO

Than these colourful little friends get dropped into the first part of the recycling line, on their way to be shredded into little pieces

5. PRETTY PURE

This is the part they do it for; two beautiful materials ready to be used again and be recycled into;

  • The cups get 100% melted into pure aluminium
  • The coffee goes into a bio digester turning it into bio-gas

 

6. READY TO BE REBORN

Now these pretty looking mountains of material are ready to be transported to another plant for the next steps in the recycling process!