Kerbside coffee pod recycling service comes to south Warwickshire - The Stratford Observer

Kerbside coffee pod recycling service comes to south Warwickshire

Stratford Editorial 19th Nov, 2023   0

A NEW kerbside coffee pod recycling service is coming to south Warwickshire.

The new service has been launched by Warwick and Stratford District Councils to help residents recycle their used coffee pods, in partnership with Podback – a not-for-profit recycling organisation.

The new coffee pod recycling service supports the councils’ aims to reduce waste, increase recycling, save resources, and give materials a second life.

Residents will be able to recycle their plastic or aluminium coffee pods at home by signing up for free on the Podback website. They will be sent two rolls of Podback recycling bags along with instructions on how to use the service.

Filled bags of used pods can then be put out alongside or on top of the waste, recycling or garden waste containers, on their usual recycling collection day. Residents living in flats can participate by using the Podback Drop Off service.

WDC spokesperson Coun Will Roberts said: “We are really excited about adding coffee pods to our kerbside recycling collection service, and adding to the list of items that residents can recycle from home. This new service is fully funded by Podback, so pod machine users can enjoy their cappuccinos, lattes and hot chocolates and be reassured that their used pods will be recycled here in the UK.”

Podback executive director Rick Hindley added: “We know that the most convenient way for people to recycle their coffee pods is as part of their council’s regular service, so we are excited to be working in partnership with the Stratford and Warwick District Council’s to make that happen.  Recycling with Podback means tonnes of used pods will be removed from the waste stream every year, and the aluminium, plastic and coffee will all be given a new life.”

Once collected, the coffee pods will be sent to specialist recycling plants. The plastic and aluminium will be transformed into new products, including beverage cans, automotive components, building products and re-usable plastic crates, while the coffee grounds will be treated by anaerobic digestion to create renewable energy and soil improver.

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