Coffee pod recycling scheme goes live

15th April 2021 | Recycling

A “first of its kind” recycling programme for coffee pods goes live today, and includes kerbside collections from two local authorities. The scheme, called Podback, was formed in November by Nestle and Jacobs Douwe Egberts UK, who both own a number of coffee pod brands in the UK. From today, consumers of coffee brands including Nespresso, Nescafé Dolce Gusto, Tassimo, L’OR and Starbucks at Home will be able to recycle pods through one collective scheme.

This can be done in two ways:

  1. Collect+ delivered by Yodel: Consumers will be able to take their used coffee pods to their nearest drop-off point. There are thousands of drop-off points in local stores across the UK, open seven days a week. Consumers can order recycling bags directly from any of the participating Podback brands online and will also be available in supermarkets soon.
  2. Kerbside collection: More than 200,000 people living across Cheltenham borough council and South Derbyshire district council will be able to sign up to use kerbside recycling for their coffee pods. Used pods will be collected alongside other household waste and recycling from 10 May. Consumers can check whether their area is eligible, how each council will run the collection service, and order recycling bags via

Guillaume Chesneau, board director of Podback and managing director of Nespresso UK and Ireland, said: “For over 10 years, our mission has been to ensure that every single pod that customers enjoy will be recycled.

“Today marks a significant step towards this ambition and joining forces with our industry partners to deliver kerbside collection will make recycling pods much simpler and easier for customers. We hope local authorities and retailers up and down the UK will join us on this ambitious journey to make this a future reality.”

“For over ten years, our mission has been to ensure that every single pod that customers enjoy will be recycled”

More information available on the website below