Aluminium coffee pods reportedly take between 150 to 500 years to decompose. In 2016, the city of Hamburg even banned coffee pods from state-run buildings in an attempt to minimise environmental waste.
Most coffee pods need specialist recycling schemes – leading capsule coffee company Nespresso told HuffPost UK that an estimated 21% of their pods are currently recycled, with the remainder going to landfill or being incinerated.
21% of Nespresso pods are recycled When you only use a couple of small coffee pods a day, it’s hard to see how these might amount to a growing environmental problem. Fast, efficient, and relatively cheap, these disposable capsules are continuing to invade caffeine-dependent households and offices across the country.
It's 6g of coffee in 3g of packaging! Even though individual pods look tiny and innocuous, millions of kilograms of aluminium have potentially ended up in landfills since Nespresso introduced their colourful pods into the market. Essentially, It's 6g of coffee in 3g of packaging!
The complexity of the packaging - often a mix of different materials - combined with the dregs of organic waste from unused ground coffee sitting in the bottom of the pod makes them difficult to process in standard municipal recycling plants.
In the end, if you want to be an environmentally friendly consumer, disposability must be considered, and avoided as much as possible.
Source: How sustainable is your coffee pod habit - By Charley Ross | 28/01/2018 08:01 GMT | Updated 30/07/2018 11:24 BST