Single-serving coffee capsules are proving popular with coffee drinkers. But with an estimated 5 billion sold each year in the U.S., that’s a lot of new waste going into landfills.

Terracyle, the New Jersey company that specializes in taking on challenging items to recycle, is trying to do something about this growing problem.

Terracycle has agreed to collect and reuse the coffee grinds and packaging from two of the single-serve companies: Nespresso and illy iperEspresso.

Leftover coffee grounds will be sent to an industrial composting facility and the packaging will be converted into a variety of new products.

Local residents can bring their used coffee capsules to Sur La Table stores at The Brewery Blocks in downtown Portland, Lake View Village in Lake Oswego and Bridgeport Village in Tigard.

For more information:

Steve Law can be reached at 503-546-5139 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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