An award to our innovative sustainable approach to aluminium recycling
Nespresso France has won ‘Best Environmental Initiative’ in ‘Trophées Défis RSE’ 2015 for supporting innovation in recycling technology and developing partnerships to improve the recycling of aluminium coffee capsules and other small-sized metal packages.
Although aluminum is 100% recyclable, only 32% of household aluminium packaging is recycled in France. Because packaging sorting centres do not have suitable equipment, it is most often unable to process small packaging less than 7 centimetres.
That’s why, Nespresso co-founded CELAA, the Club for Aluminium and Steel Light Packaging (Club du Recyclage des Emballages Légers en Aluminium et Acier) in 2009. Its mission: to increase recycling capabilities for small-scale aluminium and steel packaging such as Nespresso capsules, bottle caps and aluminium foil. As part of CELAA, Nespresso invested in eddy current separation technology to improve the efficiency of aluminium and steel packaging recovery through the national collection and recycling scheme.