Capsules can take up to 500 years to degrade

More than 56 billion coffee capsules will go to global landfill this year.

That's according to British research from compostable coffee capsule maker, Halo.

It suggests 82% of people surveyed have no idea that plastic and aluminium capsules cause damage to the planet - with 42% confessing they just throw them in the bin.

Over 50% say they've no idea of the difference between recyclable, compostable and biodegradable - and blame coffee manufacturers for confusing them.

Image: Halo Coffee

It also shows 23% of consumers are not fully aware that most compostable coffee capsules are industrial, and not compostable at home.

While 19% do not know aluminium and plastic coffee capsules that go to landfill take up to 500 years to degrade.

Over 95% of coffee capsules are still plastic and aluminium - that is 56.05 billion capsules this year alone going to landfill.

Halo says Nespresso will produce 12 billion capsules this year, with only 30% being recycled.

The research is from 2,000 coffee drinkers representative of the UK population in October 2018.