Dutch retail chain Blokker and German waste management company Remondis are cooperating on recycling aluminium coffee pods. Blokker will use its network of household goods shops to collect waste coffee capsules, according to a statement from Germany's largest waste management company.
Remondis plans to recycle the single-use capsules collected by Blokker at a dedicated plant in Lichtenvoorde in the province of Gelderland. According to Remondis, the facility was built with financial support from coffee producer Nespresso. The sorted aluminium will be sold to the aluminium industry, and biogas and high-quality compost will be obtained from the coffee grounds, the company said.
"The cooperation with Remondis enables us to recycle our coffee capsules even more sustainably, thus making a positive contribution to the environment and further raising awareness of sustainability," said Blokker CEO Jeanine Holscher. Andreas Krawczik, managing director of Remondis Netherlands, explained that the cooperation with Blokker will reduce the environmental impact of aluminium coffee capsules.