Podback reaches one million household milestone for kerbside recycling collections

Oct 25, 2023

More than one million UK households can now have their used coffee pods collected from the kerbside using Podback, the UK’s cross-industry coffee pod recycling scheme.

With two new local authorities joining Podback so far this month, 1,078,600 households across 16 UK local authorities are now able to recycle their used aluminium and plastic coffee pods alongside other household waste and recycling:

  • The London Borough of Havering has this week (23rd October) become Podback’s latest partner, and the second London authority to offer residents a kerbside recycling service for coffee pods.
  • Earlier this month, East Ayrshire Council became Podback’s first local authority partner in Scotland. Residents’ response to the scheme has been positive, with more than 1,200 households already registered for kerbside collections in the first two weeks.

Podback was launched in April 2021 by the two biggest players in the UK coffee industry, Nestlé and Jacobs Douwe Egberts UK. Cheltenham Borough Council and South Derbyshire District Council were the first local authorities to offer kerbside collection of coffee pods to their residents through the scheme.

Podback now works with more than 20 brands, including Nespresso, NESCAFE Dolce Gusto, Tassimo, L’OR and Aldi, to provide a single scheme for recycling used plastic and aluminium pods. New polling by Podback shows that the majority (57%) of consumers would consider swapping their usual coffee pod brand to one that offered a free recycling service.

Podback is due to launch three further local authority partnerships before the end of November, meaning over 1.3 million households will have access to the service by the end of the year.

Rick Hindley, Executive Director of Podback, said: “In a little over two years since Podback’s launch, we have made significant progress in our journey to ensure that every coffee pod enjoyed is recycled. This month marks another exciting milestone, with over 1 million households across the UK now able to use our kerbside service.”

Karen Watson, Cheltenham Borough Council, said: “We are proud to have been one of the first local authorities to partner with Podback back in April 2021. Our residents have loved how easy it is for them to recycle their coffee pods alongside their everyday household recycling and our elected members have also been impressed by the service.”

Once collected, all coffee pods are reprocessed in the UK at Podback’s reprocessing partners. Used aluminium pods are used in the manufacture of new products - such as beverage cans, and used plastic coffee pods are turned into other plastic items - such as supermarket crates and furniture. The used coffee grounds go through anaerobic digestion to produce a combination of biogas and soil improver.

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