(upbeat music) – [Narrator] Nespresso is the first single-serve coffee company
to develop a facility dedicated to recycling their
own coffee pods, but why? – Because we have a
coffee-pod recycling problem. – [Narrator] Single-serve coffee machines are really popular. About 1/3 of all American
coffee-drinkers own one, and more than 1/2 of Americans say they use single-cup coffee pods. Single-cup coffee sales
increased to almost $4.5 billion in 2017, but those pods
aren’t easy to recycle. They’re packed with coffee grounds and can’t be reprocessed
using conventional methods. Because of that, there
are enough pods buried on the planet to circle the Earth, more than a couple dozen times. We took a look inside
Nespresso’s recycling facility to see how they’re trying to change that. Because Nespresso capsules
are made of aluminum, they need to break down
in a very specific way. So, they partnered with Ag Choice. Ag Choice is the facility that recycles the Nespresso capsules. From there, the grounds are separated from aluminum containers. The emptied capsules are bailed and melted and the grounds are baked. Having the facility isn’t enough, since the company depends on customers to ship the pods back. Though Nespresso is taking action, they wouldn’t share with us
exactly how many capsules are actually being recycled. – Nespresso and Keurig are two of the leading single-serve coffee
manufacturers in the world. – [Narrator] In 2014, a video
titled “Kill the K-Cup,” caused an uproar against Keurig. The company received backlash because their pods contained
plastic number seven, which is difficult to recycle
and could contain toxins. Plastic number seven is
the catch all of plastics, making it really difficult to breakdown. Keurig’s co-inventor John Sylvan even said he regretted inventing the K-Cup, knowing how terrible the pods
were for the environment. Both Keurig & Nespresso have goals to build a more
comprehensive and sustainable pod recycling program by 2020. – For Business Insider
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