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Warwickshire County Council has added used coffee pods to the items collected at the Judkins Recycling Centre in Nuneaton, in partnership with Podback, the pod recycling service.

Residents from Warwickshire can start recycling their aluminium and plastic coffee pods at the Centre now. 

Used coffee, tea and hot chocolate pods can be collected and stored at home until residents are ready to take them to the Recycling Centre, where they should be emptied loose into the appropriate aluminium or plastic Podback container. Residents must book a slot prior to their visit. 

The Podback containers are clearly signed and bags and other packaging must not be included.

Plastic and aluminium pods need to be collected separately, as they are recycled at different facilities. All the pods collected by Podback are recycled in the UK. They are shredded to remove the coffee, then the plastic and aluminium are used to create new products, including packaging, car components and building products.  The coffee grounds will be treated by anaerobic digestion to create renewable energy (biogas) and soil improver

Podback is a not-for-profit recycling service, created and funded by the UK’s leading coffee pod systems - NESCAFE Dolce Gusto, Tassimo and Nespresso, in associated with over 25 coffee pod brands and national retailers. 

Welcoming the introduction of the new pod recycling collection facility Cllr Heather Timms, Warwickshire County Council Portfolio Holder for Environment, Climate and Culture, said: “We are really excited to be working with Podback to introduce another recycling stream at the Judkins Recycling Centre for residents. Coffee drinkers can now enjoy their coffee knowing their pods can be recycled and go on to be made into new products, renewable energy and improve the soil. At Warwickshire County Council we are always looking for innovation in responding to the climate emergency. Every innovation helps and it also allows residents the opportunity to take a more active role in tackling the climate emergency.”

Rick Hindley, Podback Executive Director, said: “It’s great to be able to expand the Podback service to the north of Warwickshire. We want to make coffee pod recycling as easy as possible, and this new service enables residents to drop off pods when convenient, alongside other recyclables, and helps to reduce waste and increase recycling.”

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Published: 10th July 2024

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