Coffee pod recycling scheme goes live

Coffee pod recycling

A first of its kind coffee pod recycling scheme has gone live for customers in the UK.

Podback is a recycling programme set up by Nestlé and Jacobs Douwe Egberts UK with both metal and plastic pods able to be recycled.

There are two ways the Nespresso, NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto, Tassimo, L’OR and Starbucks at Home pods can be collected: At a Yodel drop-off point or kerbside collection for people living in Cheltenham Borough Council and South Derbyshire District Council regions.

The pods are then processed and made into items such as garden furniture, car parts and cans.

The coffee grounds are used to create biogas and soil improver.

Collections began on May 10 and residents can check if they are able to register for the scheme by putting their postcode into the Podback website.

Gareth Edmundson, the chief executive of Cheltenham Borough Council, said: “We’re pleased to offer our residents a simple way to recycle their coffee pods from their homes, particularly now many of us are doing more home working.”

“Boosting recycling rates is an essential part of reducing our environmental impact and contributing to a circular economy,” said Heather Wheeler, MP for South Derbyshire.

“We are proud to have the Nestle factory at Hatton so South Derbyshire taking the lead in recycling is complete fitting.”

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