How to recycle (or reuse) Nespresso Pods to save money, the environment

If you’re a coffee or espresso lover, you probably already know the convenience of having a single-serve coffee maker like a Nespresso machine. With a Nespreso machine, you just pop in a pod and you’re well on your way to enjoying a fresh and delicious cup of espresso without having to wait in line at Starbucks.

Sure, having a Nespresso machine is pretty sweet, but there are some downsides. All of those Nespresso pods can add up and create a lot of waste, and the cost of the pods can also put a pretty big dent in your wallet.

Fortunately, you can recycle or even reuse your Nespresso pods. The Switzerland-based company even has its own recycling program that makes it easier for customers to recycle their used products. When Nespresso receives the recycled pods, they separate the aluminum from the coffee grinds. The grinds are used to create things like compost or topsoil, while the aluminum is used to create new products. Here’s more information.

How to recycle your Nespresso pods

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Recycling your Nespresso pods requires a small amount of effort on the part of the customer, but it’s nothing too taxing. You don’t have to empty the coffee grinds, nor do you have to rinse them out. You simply have to make recycling your pods a part of your routine.

On the Nespresso website, you can order a free recycling bag and have it shipped directly to your home. Nespresso will also send a free recycling bag with orders made on its website. Each bag can hold as many as 200 of the original line pods, or 100 of the Vertuo Line pods.

Once you’ve filled your recycling bag, you can drop it off at your nearest Nespresso boutique, waste collection center, or partner store. The company reports that 90 percent of customers have a recycling solution near their residence, as Nespresso has more than 122,000 collection points worldwide. You can check out the Nespresso website to find a local collection point.

You can also give the bag to the postman when he drops off your next Nespresso order, or bring your bag to your nearest UPS store.

How to Reuse Nespresso Pods

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If you want to save a few bucks, you can also reuse your Nespresso pods. Some users say they use their pods twice. The second cup might taste slightly weaker and be a bit more watered-down than the first, but it saves money and reduces waste for a customer who would otherwise throw their pod away. Other customers actually clean, refill, and reseal their Nespresso pods.

If you save your used Nespresso pods, you can clean them and reuse them. Once you clean the pod, fill it with your favorite brand of ground espresso. Leave about a millimeter of space at the top, and gently clean around the brim to ensure there are no coffee grounds around the edges.

Cut a piece of aluminum foil in a circle that’s about a centimeter larger than the diameter of the pod. It helps to first cut a piece of paper, and use it as a template to cut out your aluminum foil circles. Once you have a good circle of foil, place the foil on top of the filled pod, and wrap it around the brim tightly. Use your fingers to pinch around the brim to create a tight seal. The seal on your refilled pod should look similar to that of a new pod.

Once you’ve sealed the pod with foil, you’re ready to brew your cup!

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