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Coffee capsule recycling trial to kick off in Newcastle

Thousands of households in Newcastle will have the chance to trial a new coffee capsule recycling program using their existing kerbside recycling bins.

It’s the first time in Australia that a program like it has been trialled thanks to funding from capsule manufacturer, Nespresso.

General Manager of Nestlé Nespresso, Jean-Marc Dragoli said the company’s experience in developing similar recycling schemes overseas had shown that convenience is king when it comes to the success of recycling.

“We need to make it as easy as possible for people to get their used capsules recycled, and we know kerbside recycling is the easiest path. We hope that this increases the amount of capsules we can collect and process for a better future,” Mr Dragoli said.

Households that sign up to participate in the trial will receive a specially designed bright orange bag to collect their used aluminium capsules, which they can then place in their kerbside recycling bins for collection.

Once collected, capsules will be separated from other recycling at iQ Renew’s Materials Recovery Facility at Somersby and transferred to the existing Nespresso recycling system in NSW for separating into coffee grounds and aluminium.

“The trial is proving that we can harvest the Curby bag containing aluminium capsules at the recycling facility,” iQ Renew CEO Danial Gallagher said.

“The number of the bags received at the MRF during the trial so far has been very encouraging and we look forward to receiving even more volume from City of Newcastle households.”

Households in Newcastle that wish to take part in the trial before need to register before, 10 December at curbythebilby.com.au/coffeecapsules.