When Recycling Coffee Pods – February 12th, 2018

Consumers around the world are unable to live without the perfect cup of coffee. Many households now own a single-serve java machine, that uses disposable java capsules. There has been a growing concern regarding these cases because they are not biodegradable and therefore, will add to the pollution caused by other sources. Throwing away these cases is not the solution that many people resort to. They can be used after recycling, reusing the pods and for crafts too.

 Before recycling

There are few steps that need to be adhered before you take the capsules to a recycling centre.

  • Open the lid of the used pod and ensure that you empty all the remaining grounds of coffee completely.
  • Once this is done, wash the pods cleans and dry them well.
  • Some pods such a Nespresso compatible pods are made from aluminium while some are manufactured in plastic such as a K-Fee or Nescafe Dolce Gusta. Therefore, ensure that you place the aluminium in a separate bag and do the same with plastic too.
  • The final step is to let them be picked up from your residence or to take it to the nearest local recycling centre.

 Another option for consumers is to ensure that when you are intending to buy coffee capsules Singapore to check the manufacturer. Certain producers map out a way of recycling the pods of your own or have their own recycling processes already arranged. Nespresso provides recycling bags if one wishes to recycle the cases.

 Reusing instead of recycling

If you feel like you can reuse the capsules for your java requirement, go right ahead as this is a better option than recycling. However, there are a few things that you need and a few steps that must be followed to do this successfully and to save costs. You will need a towel, ground coffee beans, a spoon, a few toothpicks and reusable coffee capsules.

  • Carefully remove the pod from the machine and let it cool. Once it has cooled down, get rid of the lid cautiously without damaging the lid. 
  • Wash the pod and dry it thoroughly
  • Using the back of the spoon transfer fresh grounded beans into the pod. Ensure that the pod is not too tightly packed with the beans.
  • Gently place the lid push it to secure it.
  • You can now use the pod in the java machine as usual and repeat the steps again to use the capsules.

 Tip: The toothpick is used to gently remove the lid to refill the reusable capsule.

 Don’t throw away the used java pods! Always check if you can reuse it or have it recycled instead of throwing them away.


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