Rick Hindley confirmed as Podback executive director

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Podback, the first of its kind recycling scheme for metal and plastic coffee pods, confirmed the appointment of Rick Hindley as executive director.

The scheme has been set up by industry leaders Nestlé and Jacobs Douwe Egberts UK.

Mr Hindley stepped down as executive director of Alupro, the aluminium packaging recycling organisation, earlier this month.

Now he will be tasked with leading ‘the next phase of Podback’s growth’.

Mr Hindley wrote on Twitter: “Excited to be taking on my next challenge as the first Executive Director of Podback – a new coffee pod recycling initiative from @NestleUKI and Jacobs Douwe Egberts. Our aim is to make recycling pods as easy as possible for people. Can’t wait to get started!”

Podback sees a new way for Nespresso, NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto, Tassimo, L’OR and Starbucks at Home pods to be recycled.

They can can be collected at a Yodel drop-off point or via a 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.

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