The Positive Cup

Ecollaboration and sustainability targets are transforming how coffee is sourced and produced worldwide and Nespresso is making headway into becoming an industry leader that is looking full circle at its impacts and involving its consumers in its ambitious recycling initiatives; changing coffee culture, one cup at a time. Melissa Baird reports.


Recycled polystyrene for building and construction

Based on the concept of the LIV Village that was founded by Tich and Joan Smith in KwaZulu-Natal in 2001, the new 20,850m² Village of Hope, nearing completion in Kosmos in the North West Province, is being built entirely from a new building and construction method that incorporates recycled polystyrene.

There are over 5-million orphaned and vulnerable children in South Africa, mostly due to HIV/AIDS and poverty, with 12,000 added to this every month. Like the LIV village, the Village of Hope will exist to raise the next generation of leaders in South Africa by placing orphaned and vulnerable children into a family environment with a trained foster mother to love them, a school to educate them, and where all their physical needs are met,” says Hennie Snyman of the Mobile Education and Training Trust (METT).

Oricol Durban was awarded the NRCS contract to ensure millions of Rands worth of non-compliant goods underwent secure shredding and safe destruction.

Oricol Durban Secure Shredding and Destruction Job

Oricol Durban was proud to be awarded the NRCS contract to ensure that millions of Rands worth of non-compliant goods underwent secure shredding and safe destruction. During the shredding and destruction process, the component parts of the goods are sorted and shredded separately, for example metal parts are shredded separately from plastic parts, to ensure that the majority of the waste can be diverted from landfill and sent for recycling.

IOL Online News Article- Imported Dud Goods Destroyed

Oricol has partnered with Nespresso on their Nespresso capsule recycling project.

Nespresso Capsule Recycling Project

We are proud to have partnered with Nespresso on their Nespresso capsule recycling project.

All Nespresso capsules are fully recyclable at Oricol's recycling facility in Johannesburg using a customised packaging separation machine developed by Nespresso in line with its global Ecolaboration standards. This specialised machine is able to separate the aluminium from the spent coffee grounds in the used capsules. Using a mechanical process, the aluminium in used capsules is separated from the coffee grounds and then undergoes a further recycling process at a steal smelter where it is reused to make new aluminium products. The leftover coffee grounds however, are given over to the Bokashi fermentation process which is a globally accepted wet waste composting solution that uses food waste only to serve as nutrient rich soil food.


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