Morrisons and Podback introduce in-store coffee pod recycling points

Morrisons has become the first UK supermarket to introduce in-store recycling points for coffee machine pods in partnership with Podback, which provides coffee pod recycling service.

In an effort to make coffee pod recycling even easier and more convenient, Morrisons is trialling a new drop-off service that allows customers to collect their Podback recycling bags, fill with their used pods, and recycle in a dedicated Podback-branded bin located at the front of store.

Customers need to use correctly colour coded bags – one for aluminium pods one for plastic pods – as pods are separated and sent to different recycling processing plants in the UK.

 Morrisons are also now set to become a Podback member, meaning Morrisons own-brand pods can now also be recycled through the scheme, along with 24 other pod brands.

 Last year, the retailer announced it was the first high street supermarket to support Podback and remains the only one to provide free coffee pod recycling bags for its customers to collect in its stores.

Natasha Cook, Sustainable Packaging and Plastics Manager at Morrisons, said: “We’re excited to be launching this trial with Podback as we look to make it even easier for our customers who want to brew fresh coffee at home to recycle their used coffee pods. Now they can grab a Podback bag, fill it at home and simply drop it off on their next store trip.”  

Rick Hindley, Executive Director at Podback, said: “Morrisons was the first supermarket to become a supporter of Podback, and we’re thrilled that they’re now set to become a member; and are working with us to further improve access to coffee pod recycling by trialling a new drop-off system.

“This is another exciting step forward towards providing consumers with easy and convenient ways to recycle their used coffee pods. We welcome and encourage other retailers to join Podback and make it even easier for consumers to recycle pods in the future.”

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