Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Recycle your coffee pod capsules

If you use Nespresso coffee capsules like I do, it often seems like a waste that you use a whole capsule each time you make a coffee and hating waste like I do prompted me to create this post on how to recycle your coffee pods. 

The first and most basic way to recycle your pods is to take them back to a Nespresso store or recycling point - learn more about the Australian recycle program here.

What I like to do with mine is to extract the coffee grounds from the pod with a spoon (they come out quite easily) and recycle the grounds in my garden.

Uses for coffee grounds in the garden:

1. Slugs and worms hate the acidity of the grounds so you can spread them around your veggies and create a physical barrier around the plant to deter these annoying little critters from feeding on your leafy greens.

2. Add it to your compost bin or worm farm. The grounds are high in nitrogen and form the "green" component of a compost mix. Compost needs to be one part "green" (nitrogen rich) sourced from grass clippings, weeds, eggshells etc. and three parts "brown" (carbon rich) from dry leaves, sawdust or wood shavings, woody veggie stalks etc.

3. I particularly love digging it into the dirt around the acid loving plants in my garden:- 

  • Gardenias (pictured above)
  • Azaleas
  • Camellias
  • Some roses
  • Many Australia native plants

For great ideas on recycling the actual container of the pod once your done with the coffee grounds, check out and follow my Pinterest board Nesspresso Capsule Art.

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