Podback coffee pod recycling reaches one million households 


More than one million UK households are benefitting from the Podback coffee pod recycling scheme from their household collection service. 

Households in over 16 UK local authorities are using the scheme and two new local authorities are joining the Podback scheme this month.  


Podback was launched in April 2021 by Nestlé and Jacobs Douwe Egberts UK and works with more than 20 brands including Tassimo, L’OR, Aldi, Nespresso and NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto. 

Podback executive director Rick Hindley said: “In a little over two years since Podback’s launch, we have made significant progress in our journey to ensure that every coffee pod enjoyed is recycled. This month marks another exciting milestone, with over 1 million households across the UK now able to use our kerbside service.” 

Rounding up the latest additions to the scheme are East Ayrshire Council, which became the first local authority partner in Scotland earlier this month. This was quickly followed by the London Borough of Havering, which joined on 23 October. 

All used aluminium pods are reprocessed in the UK at Podback’s recycling partners, to manufacture a range of new products, including beverage cans. Plastic pods are re-purposed into items such as plastic crates and furniture. 

The used ground coffee is processed through anaerobic digestion to produce a combination of biogas and soil improver. 

Positive initial responses to the scheme have seen more than 1,200 households registering in the first two weeks since launch, adding to the scheme’s million household milestone.