According to the latest data of Altroconsumo, in Italy more than 8 and half a billion capsules and coffee pods are consumed every year, which in most cases cannot be recycled and therefore I end up inexorably in undifferentiated collection.
The spent capsules then end up in landfills or incinerators, having nevertheless been a problem for the operators with regard to their management and transport.
But today, the solution to the problem is there, and it comes from PIÚINFORMA®. PIÚINFORMA® has already presented its innovative project ʺIsola Eco Sostenibile della Salute”, which promotes healthy nutrition and sustainable waste management. We want to change how recycling is viewed (and made) in the Vending machines segment. The fundamental idea is to give new life to spent coffee capsules.
This was possible thanks to the partnership with companies specialized in the environmental sector, and to collaborations with prestigious Universities. Our goal is to build a path that involves recovery and transport with relative enhancement of “undifferentiated” waste, such as capsules or FAPs present in both OCS and Free Standing machines, is being realized.
What as now seems to be just a major and ʺinsuperableʺ problem, in the near future will be a further opportunity to exploit sales prices. New life for spent coffee capsules
The project involves the sustainable management of the Capsules at 360 °, starting from the recovery at the manager of the spent pods, passing through their transport and subsequent enhancement: a special device is currently being tested able to separate the plastic parts of the waffle from the coffee powder, which will then be reused as humus or transformed into pellets. Capsules of spent coffee? we take them
Yes, let’s talk about the pellets that today is made with the sawdust of processed wood, normally used in the heating of private homes and beyond.
It has recently been discovered, among other things, that the funds have the appropriate consistency to be modelled in this specific format, not to mention that the energy yield of coffee pellets turns out to be twice that of wood. In addition, when used for the production of heat by pyrolysis (decomposition of organic materials through the application of heat), they create a high-value charcoal, which can be reused as a soil improver in agriculture thanks to the recycling of the nutrients still present.
This will ensure a reduction in the environmental footprint of these products and in the CO2 emissions from their processing cycle, while developing new sustainable use landscapes for something that has so far been considered only waste.
Do not forget that data on the decrease of C02 will be provided to companies that in turn will use pellets to heat their warehouses.