NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® Capsule Recycling Programme

Recycle your coffee capsules with NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto®

Participating locations
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Recycle in partnership with NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto®

NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® has joined with TerraCycle to help provide a second life for used NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® capsules.


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IMPORTANT NOTICE:The minimum shipment weight required to earn TerraCycle points has increased to 7kg.

By encouraging larger shipments through this program, we can help create an even smaller environmental footprint. We also encourage businesses and large collectors to consider sending 15-20kg at a time when possible, to maximise efficiency.

If you need help collecting more waste, check out our Collect, Store and Ship Guide, as well as our Engaging your Community guide.

Collection Hub Locations

Click on the map for collection hub stations

This map is constantly being updated

Click on the map above to find your nearest Community Collection Hub. 

Click here to fill out the Community Collection Hub Form

Once you've signed up to the programme, you have the opportunity to collect on bahalf of your community and divert even more waste from landfill. Sign up to become a Community Collection Hub for hard-to-recycle waste whilst raising money for your favourite school or charity at the same time! To become the ultimate sustainability hero, register your location here. Our team will review and you will receive a confirmation email once you have been added to our network.

How it works

Participating is completely free and very easy.

Firstly, login to your TerraCycle account and join the programme. When you are ready to send in a shipment, download a shipping label from your TerraCycle account by clicking “Ship us your waste” and follow the prompts. Print out your label and tape it securely onto your box. Ship the box to TerraCycle by dropping it off at your nearby post office. 

What you can recycle in this programme

Programme Accepted Waste:
All plastic NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® Capsules
All plastic Starbucks® by NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® Capsules

Not Accepted:
Other brands of plastic coffee capsules
Aluminium capsules including aluminium Starbucks® by Nespresso capsules
Cardboard external packaging (recycle through kerbside bins)

Best practices for recycling

In order to recycle this waste stream properly, squeeze excess liquid from your capsules before storing, to avoid dripping packages. This helps ensure your collections arrive safely.

Please make sure your coffee capsules are dry and sealed in a plastic bag before placing them in your collection box. Additionally, if you choose to rinse your product, please note that it must be completely dry prior to shipping. You cannot ship dripping packages.

Please see the video below for more information. 

What happens to the waste

Once collected, the NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® capsules are cleaned and melted into hard plastic that can be remolded to make new recycled products. 


TerraCycle Points

For each shipment over 7 kilograms, your location will earn 2 points or $0.02 per capsule for the non-profit organisation including school or charity of your choice. To learn more about our points programme, click here.


Need help getting started? From downloadable posters to videos and guides, there are plenty of resources available to help you make an even bigger difference on the environment.

Do it yourself projects

Here are some inspiring projects to show you how you can reuse your materials right at home


TerraCycle is excited to partner with Nescafé to bring a national recycling solution for NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® capsules to New Zealand. To learn more about NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto®, click here.

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