How to differentiate

How to differentiate coffee pods, capsules and boxes?

Recycling and properly disposing of waste is a good practice that everyone should adopt, with a focus on respecting the environment. All the materials of pods and capsules can be recycled, provided they are disposed of correctly, and in some cases, reused for other purposes ... Let's see together how ...

Have you ever wondered how pods and capsules should be differentiated?


The Caffè Borbone pod is perfectly disposable of the wet / organic, starting from the filter paper, the paper bag that holds the coffee, made entirely of cellulose. The Caffè Borbone pod was the first compostable pod to be placed on the Italian market, a noble way to preserve the planet because it is made of materials that can be completely disposed of in the wet and ideal for transformation into compost. The pod has the CiC certification (Consorzio Compostatori Italiani), a guarantee of quality that is based on the principle of suitability for composting.


The coffee is contained in a small cylindrical plastic container. Once the capsule has been used, it is necessary to divide the components in order to differentiate them correctly. The first thing is to remove the aluminum tab and throw it in the collection of METALS / ALUMINUM (check some sites say undifferentiated). Continue by cleaning the capsule from coffee residues, once clean you have to throw the wrapper in the PLASTIC. This procedure applies to all capsules except for those compatible with Nescafé ® Dolce Gusto ® * brand machines which, due to their composition, must be disposed of in the unsorted way.


The disposable sachet that contains the capsules makes the coffee portion sanitized and allows the fragrance and perfume to be kept longer, it is made of plastic / aluminum polylaminate mainly made of plastic and therefore can be disposed of in the PLASTIC collection. The same goes for the bag of ground coffee.

The disposable sachet of the compostable pod, on the other hand, can be disposed of in the paper.



The plastic case in which pods and capsules are stored has countless advantages, such as ensuring chemical inertness, impermeability to liquids and gases, protection from light and air.

Once the capsules or pods are finished, it is important that the box is disposed of correctly in the plastic bin.

The compostable pod case, on the other hand, can be disposed of in the paper.


Don Carlo plastic capsules follow the same packaging criteria as the others and capsules and therefore have the same disposal methods as the other plastic capsules.

The new compostable Don Carlo line, on the other hand, is made with a special biopolymer that has a high biodegradability and a filter paper top and therefore can be thrown into the organic waste container.


the set consisting of glasses and stirrers in birch wood, biodegradable and compostable, must be placed in the WET / ORGANIC

It takes very little to properly dispose and differentiate the material needed to package pods and capsules. A focus on recovering and recycling useful materials, giving them new life by recreating a healthy balance with the environment.


The outer box of the Caffè Borbone packs (capsules and pods) is certified by the international NGO Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). The certification aims at the sustainable management of forests and the traceability of the products derived from them.

The external packaging can be completely disposed of in the container dedicated to PAPER and CARDBOARD.


The coffee grounds go in the wet / organic or used as a natural fertilizer. Furthermore, they lend themselves to many uses, such as in the field of cosmetics ...

For a correct differentiation of the different materials, always

check the disposal rules of your municipality of residence.