We chose aluminium capsules because it delivers the best flavour, provides an incredible barrier against moisture and oxygen, keeping our coffee at its freshest. It’s also one of the most recyclable materials on the planet.⁠ Coffee capsules are too small to be recycled through household collections, so we have developed our own returns scheme to make sure these are recycled appropriately.

It’s easy to recycle Allpress capsules. You can accumulate them, then drop them off at any of our flagship locations globally. Or take part in one of our local return schemes outlined below.

Note: We don’t advise recycling capsules at home through curbside collection recycling bins. Any capsules that do go into household recycling, even if cleaned, will contaminate the waste stream and end up in landfills. 

New Zealand

Our New Zealand customers have three options to ensure their used capsules are recycled: 

  1. Drop your used capsules to any of our Roastery Cafes (Auckland, Christchurch & Dunedin)

  2. Purchase a Prepaid Returns bag with your online order, fill it with your used capsules and send it back to us where will recycle appropriately. Each bag will come with instructions on how to arrange collection with your courier driver. Rural addresses are excluded from this prepaid option.

  3. If you live at a rural address or want to arrange your own returns, package your used capsules up and send them to our Roastery. Please ensure these are in a watertight bag, as to not leak on their way to us.
    Allpress Espresso Capsules Returns
    8 Drake Street
    Auckland Central, 1010

Once your capsules are returned to us, it is put in our Zero Waste Box™ then shipped to TerraCycle® where they are shredded to separate the coffee ground from the aluminium. The aluminium is then melted down to be remoulded into new recycled products, and the spent coffee grounds are composted. 

Australia

As well as being able to drop your used capsules at any of our Roastery Cafes (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Byron Bay), we also offer a free, easy to use recycling scheme for our coffee capsules in Australia.

  1. Sign up for a free TerraCycle account online.

  2. Collect your used capsules at home using a watertight bag. When you’ve collected more than 120 capsules, you are ready to send your capsules to be recycled.

  3. Place the bag in a box and download a shipping label from your TerraCycle account. When you’re on the website click “Ship us your waste” and follow the prompts.

  4. Print your label and tape it securely onto your box.

  5. Drop labelled and sealed box at your local post office to be shipped to TerraCycle free of charge.

 Once your Allpress Capsules have made it back to TerraCycle they are shredded to separate the coffee ground from the aluminium. The aluminium is then melted down to be remoulded into new recycled products, and the spent coffee grounds are composted. 

In order to use this recycling stream effectively, we ask that you squeeze any excess liquid from your capsules and ensure they are dry and sealed in a plastic bag before placing them in your shipping box. This is to avoid any contamination with dripping packages, and will ensure that all recycling packages arrive safely.

United Kingdom

For the past three years, we’ve been working with First Mile to handle waste management and recycling. We’re happy to announce that this partnership has now been extended to include full recycling on our Allpress Specialty Coffee Capsules including capsules, packaging and the coffee grounds themselves. So how do you recycle your used capsules? Just send them back to us and we’ll do the rest! Here are your options for coffee capsule recycling in the UK:

  1. Drop your used capsules to any of our Roastery Cafes (Dalston, Redchurch High Street and Shoreditch High Street)

  2. Purchase a Prepaid Returns label online, fill a watertight bag with your used capsules (approx 120 capsules) and drop at your local post office, where will then recycle appropriately. 

  3. If you want to arrange your own returns, package your used capsules up and send them to our Roastery. Please ensure these are in a watertight bag. 
    Allpress Espresso - Capsules Return
    55 Dalston Lane
    London E8 2NG

 Once returned to our Roastery, our capsules are passed on to First Mile who shred the used pods so coffee and Aluminium can be separated. While the capsules themselves are melted down to be remoulded, the coffee grounds are passed on to another partner, bio-bean, who specialise in sustainability and recycling of coffee products in the UK.

In order to use this recycling stream effectively, we ask that you squeeze any excess liquid from your capsules and ensure they are dry and sealed in a plastic bag before placing them in your shipping box. This is to avoid any contamination with dripping packages and will ensure that all recycling packages arrive safely.

Singapore

In Singapore, our coffee capsules can be recycled by returning them to us at our Singapore hub.

When buying capsules on our online store opt to receive a prepaid returns label with your order, fill a watertight bag with your used capsules (approx 120 capsules) and drop them at your local post office to send back to us.

*Please note, returns labels are eligible for one month after they are printed so it is best to collect your capsules and order a returns label with your second order to send us your used capsules once new ones arrive. 

Once your used capsules are returned we collect them in a Zero Waste Box™ and ship them to TerraCycle® where they are shredded to separate the coffee ground from the aluminium. The aluminium is then melted down to be remoulded into new recycled products, and the spent coffee grounds are composted.