EU: Ban on coffee capsules?

Green Dot's statement on the draft European packaging regulation

News Bild In the sorting plant for lightweight packaging aluminum coffee capsules are collected by an eddy current separator and sorted out for recycling

The European Commission has presented a draft regulation that would ban coffee capsules across Europe – unless they are biodegradable. Among other things, the draft European Packaging Regulation (PPWR) calls for single-serve coffee capsules to be marketed only if they are industrially compostable.


At the same time, the coffee industry and Green Dot have established a functioning recycling system for used coffee capsules in Germany, while there is no recycling system for so-called biodegradable capsules. These capsules are not accepted in organic waste. Green Dot provides a detailed statement on this subject.


You can find out more about the disposal of coffee capsules in Germany here.