Recycle your coffee pods with Podback
Podback is a nationwide, not-for-profit, coffee pod recycling service. Created by the biggest names in coffee pod systems, Nespresso, NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto and Tassimo, to give people who enjoy the quality and taste of coffee pods simple and easy ways to recycle them.
Eastleigh Borough Council is working with Podback to provide this new free recycling service, helping you to recycle your pods (coffee, tea and hot chocolate) at home. Leaflets will be delivered to all households from 20 March 2023 and collections will start from 3 April 2023.
How to get started
It’s easy to start recycling your pods, simply follow the steps below:
- Sign up and order your FREE recycling bags from Podback. Follow the online instructions to create your personal Podback account.
- Podback will send you two rolls of recycling bags, along with an instruction leaflet. Each roll contains 13 bags for recycling your aluminium or plastic coffee pods. Bags are sent by Royal Mail and should arrive within 7 - 10 working days.
- Once you have your bags, fill them as instructed.
- Put your bag out with your food waste bin by 6.30am on your normal collection day. If you live in a flat, place your bag alongside your communal food waste bin.
- When you need to top up your supply of recycling bags, you can log into your Podback account on the website and reorder.
What types of coffee pods can be recycled?
Plastic and aluminium pods for coffee, tea, hot chocolate and milk should be recycled using Podback collection bags. When you sign up on the Podback website you’ll be asked what brand of pods you use. This is so you get the correct bag – white bags for aluminium pods, green bags for plastic pods. The two materials need to be collected separately as they are sent to different recycling facilities.
What happens to the pods once collected?
The coffee pods you recycle with Podback are taken to specialist aluminium and plastics reprocessing plants in the UK. The coffee grounds are removed, and the plastic and aluminium are then transformed into new products, including beverage cans, car components or plastic garden furniture and building products. The coffee grounds are used to create soil improver and renewable energy (biogas).
Frequently Asked Questions
Please read our FAQs to find out more about the Podback scheme.