The recently developing coffee market has been characterized by profound changes caused by new solutions and technologies for coffee preparation. The polylaminate materials that compose most popular capsules make them a type of waste that is difficult to manage and recycle. This paper analyses the scientific references that deal with studying and improving the management processes of waste coffee capsules, as well as the studies that have analysed their environmental impact. Through a bibliographic review, some encouraging aspects emerged in the recovery of materials that can be adequately recycled (plastics and metals), as well as their possible use for the production of biogas and energy recovery. The need to manually separate the components that make up the capsule still represents one of the main challenges. Many efforts are still needed to favour the environmental sustainability of this waste from a strategic, technological and consumer empowerment point of view.

Coffee capsule impacts and recovery techniques: A literature review / Marinello, S.; Balugani, E.; Gamberini, R.. - In: PACKAGING TECHNOLOGY AND SCIENCE. - ISSN 0894-3214. - 34:11-12(2021), pp. 665-682. [10.1002/pts.2606]

Coffee capsule impacts and recovery techniques: A literature review

Marinello S.
;
Balugani E.;Gamberini R.
2021

Abstract

The recently developing coffee market has been characterized by profound changes caused by new solutions and technologies for coffee preparation. The polylaminate materials that compose most popular capsules make them a type of waste that is difficult to manage and recycle. This paper analyses the scientific references that deal with studying and improving the management processes of waste coffee capsules, as well as the studies that have analysed their environmental impact. Through a bibliographic review, some encouraging aspects emerged in the recovery of materials that can be adequately recycled (plastics and metals), as well as their possible use for the production of biogas and energy recovery. The need to manually separate the components that make up the capsule still represents one of the main challenges. Many efforts are still needed to favour the environmental sustainability of this waste from a strategic, technological and consumer empowerment point of view.
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Coffee capsule impacts and recovery techniques: A literature review / Marinello, S.; Balugani, E.; Gamberini, R.. - In: PACKAGING TECHNOLOGY AND SCIENCE. - ISSN 0894-3214. - 34:11-12(2021), pp. 665-682. [10.1002/pts.2606]
Marinello, S.; Balugani, E.; Gamberini, R.
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