Recycling the daily grind


RBKC councillors confirmed an extension to its borough-wide pilot of a recycling collection scheme for the aluminium coffee capsules from Nespresso.

New figures show that the amount of recycling bags of Nespresso coffee capsules in the borough exceeds 1,200. RBKC are thus offering the unique service to the highest proportion of Nespresso Club member in the country, allowing residents to recycle their capsules alongside their household recycling bags.

The pilot is part of a broader effort to reduce waste in households. Food waste accounts for more than a third of all rubbish collected and it costs the council taxpayers a hefty amount each year. Recycling is 80% cheaper than disposing waste in other ways including incineration and landfill.

Cllr Will Pascall, Deputy Leader and Lead Member for the Environmental said: “As the only local authority in the UK offering the scheme, we’re taking on recycling from coffee cup to recycle truck.

“We’re thinking and acting sustainably as we know that we cannot continue to dispose of food waste the way we are. We all need to do our bit to reduce the amount of food wasted.

“This is why the food waste pilot is a fantastic development, helping pave the way for an even greener Kensington & Chelsea”.

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