With the Alliance for the recycling of aluminum capsules, Nespresso, illycaffè and the new member Starbucks offer their customers the opportunity to take part in a circular economy process that guarantees a second life to used aluminum capsules, limiting their impact on the environment
An agreement for the recycling of spent aluminum capsules in Italy. Starbucks by Nespresso joins the alliance, founded by Nespresso in 2021 in partnership with illycaffè, to encourage virtuous processes for environmental protection and responsible management of resources and materials throughout the life cycle of aluminum capsules. With the entry of Starbucks, the possibilities for consumers to give new life to their used aluminum capsules expand: from today, in fact, even the used aluminum capsules Starbucks by Nespresso, in addition to those of Nespresso (both brands of the Nestlé group ) and illy, can be returned indifferently to the over 65 Nespresso Boutiques located from North to South, in the 10 illy Stores (illy Shop and illy Caffè) and in over 75 drop off points, for a total of over 150 collection points throughout the country .
The transformation of the residue into a resource
With the Alliance for the recycling of aluminum capsules, Nespresso, illycaffè and the new member Starbucks offer their customers the opportunity to take part in a circular economy process that guarantees a second life to used aluminum capsules, limiting their impact on the environment and allowing a residue to be transformed into a resource, ensuring that the life cycle of the same does not end with the delivery of the coffee, but continues in new forms. “We are happy to announce the entry of Starbucks into the Alliance for the recycling of aluminum capsules, which confirms that communion of intent and that sharing of fundamental values to create value for the community and the territory – declares Silvia Totaro, Sustainability & Safety Health Environmental Manager of Nespresso Italiana -. At Nespresso we are concretely committed to guaranteeing responsible management of the capsules, from the choice of material to its reuse, and for this reason, over 11 years ago we created the first proprietary system for the recycling of this product and the materials that make it up. Since then, like Nespresso, we have recovered over 8,000 tons of capsules and put tons of aluminum and coffee back into circulation with a concrete commitment on the Italian territory thanks to our “Nespresso for Italy” program and the cultural, environmental and social initiatives that are part of, also included in our status as a Benefit Company acquired this year in Italy in exchange for the B Corp certification at a global level”.
Greater sustainability of products and packaging
“Starting today, Starbucks also joins the Alliance for the recycling of aluminum caps, allowing us to take a new and significant step in the path towards greater sustainability of our products and packaging. But not only. This important circular economy initiative has laid the foundations for the development of a virtuous model in which Nespresso, illycaffè and Starbucks are the protagonists of the responsible management of materials throughout the life cycle of aluminum capsules – commented Marta Schiraldi, Safety, Health, Environment and Sustainability Head of the Nestlé Italia Group – While it is true that aluminum represents an extraordinary resource since it can be recycled indefinitely, it is nevertheless undeniable that, without adequate infrastructure, it is not possible to make the most of its ‘recyclability’. Precisely this has prompted us to join forces and work together in order to implement an independent collection and recycling system, which allows waste to return to new life. The path is still uphill, but we are certain that, by continuing to walk side by side, we will be able to achieve new and important goals, generating an even more positive impact on the environment and on people’s lives”.