Morrisons commits to coffee-pod recycling scheme

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Supermarket giant Morrisons is to install coffee-pod recycling points in more than 350 stores around the country.

The grocery chain announced the rollout of the initiative in partnership with specialist Podback.

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Morrisons piloted the collection points in 29 stores last year, collecting more than 2.8 million used pods in eight months.

The nationwide rollout will begin in June. Customers will be able to pick up free Podback recycling bags from customer service desks and drop them back in when full.

Podback recycles the materials in the UK, with aluminium used in the manufacture of drinks cans and car components, and plastic for items such as packaging crates and building products.

Used coffee grounds are treated by anaerobic digestion to produce renewable energy and soil improver.

Morrisons waste and sustainability manager Zara Safdari said: “We’re pleased to be extending this service to make it even easier for our customers who want barista-style coffee at home to recycle their used pods.”

Podback director Rick Hindley added: “Podback is committed to making pod recycling simple and convenient for lovers of pod coffee, and adding a national supermarket to our network of free recycling points is a major step forward towards our goal.”