Press release: Four independent coffee pod brands join Podback as members

Dec 17, 2021

Podback, the nationwide coffee pod recycling service, has expanded its membership, with four independent brands - Artisan Coffee Co, Allpress Espresso, Colonna Coffee and Café Palmieri by Jomad Coffee – coming on board.

Launched in April of this year, Podback is a first of its kind recycling programme for coffee pods set up by the two biggest players in the UK coffee industry, Nestlé and Jacobs Douwe Egberts UK.

Artisan Coffee Co, Allpress Espresso, Colonna Coffee and Café Palmieri by Jomad Coffee join Nespresso, Nescafé Gusto, Starbucks by Nespresso, Starbucks by Nescafé Dolce Gusto, Tassimo, L’OR, and Cru Kafe as members, further expanding the scope of the scheme.

Once the new brands have integrated Podback into their systems, consumers will be able to recycle their pods in two ways:

  • Collect+ delivered by Yodel: Consumers will be able to take their Podback recycling bags, filled with used coffee pods, to their nearest drop-off point. There are thousands of drop-off points in local stores across the UK. Consumers will be able to order recycling bags directly from participating brands online and will also be available in certain supermarkets soon.
  • Kerbside collection:Residents of Cheltenham Borough Council, South Derbyshire District Council, Chichester District Council and Oxford City Council can have their used pods collected alongside other household waste and recycling – with the service expanding to new areas in 2022. Consumers can check whether their area is eligible, how each council will run the collection service, and order recycling bags via

Rick Hindley, Executive Director of Podback, said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome four new independent members as part of Podback. We created Podback so that consumers could recycle plastic and aluminium pods from all brands through one easy and consistent scheme. Having Artisan Coffee Co, Allpress, Colonna Coffee and Café Palmieri by Jomad Coffee on-board is a fantastic step towards ensuring we are as inclusive as possible. We encourage all other UK brands to join so we can recycle as many coffee pods as possible.”

Through Podback, used aluminium pods are turned into aluminium ingots for new products - such as beverage cans and used plastic coffee pods are turned into other plastic items - such as furniture. The used coffee grounds also go through anaerobic digestion - to produce a combination of biogas and soil improver.

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