Industrial Compost FAQ


  • Is the coffee/the content the same as before?

    The coffee blend is the same as the one in the respective types of Lavazza capsule.

  • Am I allowed to dispose of the capsules in my private compost? In my garden?

    Lavazza Eco Caps should not be disposed of in home compost (or left in the garden): they are industrially compostable because they conform to international standard EN 13432, as shown by their certification by TÜV Austria (an independent and internationally recognized organization). These innovative capsules do not stay in the environment after use, but biodegrade in 180 days, if correctly processed*, to become compost

    They must be disposed of as food waste (sorted as wet/organic) and sent to industrial composting facilities. You must check with local authorities on how exactly to present such waste for collection.

    UK: if local rules allow for it, used capsules shall be thrown in the food waste bin. The food waste bin is sent for industrial composting. Always check your local council’s rules for disposal: there could be limitations on the type of products composters may process.

  • What happens if I dispose of it in my private compost?

    Lavazza advises not to throw Lavazza Eco Caps in your home compost or garden, as they must be disposed of as food waste and sent to industrial composting facilities to be able to become compost. No other means of disposal enables them to be transformed into compost. 


  • Does Lavazza have any information on how many waste management facilities can compost the Lavazza Eco Caps?

    Given the complexity of waste management, it’s quite hard to define a complete list of disposal facilities that can compost Lavazza Eco Caps, but we see a positive trend in view of increasing consumer demand. Hopefully disposal facilities will become increasingly open to the acceptance of bioplastics.

  • How long does composting in an industrial composting site usually take?

    There are three main types of composting technologies. The processing time varies depending on the type of process used and it can vary from 2 to 6 months

  • How does the basic process of industrial composting usually work?

    Composting is the natural process of aerobic decomposition of organic matter by microorganisms under controlled conditions. 

    The difference between home composting and industrial composting is that the conditions and the controls are different.

    Industrial composting is done in a controlled environment where the temperature, aeration, moisture, contents, nutrients and pH are monitored and controlled.

     In the process of composting, microorganisms break down organic matter and produce carbon dioxide, water, heat and humus (which is the end product i.e. a stable soil rich in organic matter).

     Composting proceeds through three phases:

    1) the mesophilic a moderate-temperature phase,

    2) the thermophilic, a high-temperature phase and finally,

    3) a several-month cooling and maturation phase.

  • Am I right to think that this soil is usually used on farmlands to e.g. grow grains etc? Or what would be the most likely output for these industrial composting sites?

    The compost would be used for example in garden, organic farm, landscaping, horticulture or urban agriculture. 

    The resulting material becomes ideal for soil-remediation which hugely compliments crop growth


  • Why do you need the EN 13432 standard (also called "compostability standard")?

    The EU standard specifies how the complete biodegradation of a package must be demonstrated. This proof must be provided for all components of the packaging (e.g. labels, inks, adhesives). Only products that can be shown to comply with the EN 13432 standard may be labelled with the protected markings. 

  • What does the EN 13432 standard say?

    The European Norm about compostability of packaging (EN 13432) requires (besides a clear and detailed description of the product) 4 tests:
    à test on biodegradation (chemical break down of the polymer of fibres)
    à test on disintegration (physically falling apart of the product in small fragments)
    à test on ecotoxicity (test if the composted product does not exert any negative effect on plants)
    à test on heavy metals content

  • Why is TÜV Austria the certifying body?

    At the European level, TÜV Austria is specialised in certifications for compostability and is one of the best organisations in this field.