Eastleigh Borough Council is launching a new scheme in partnership with Podback, a not-for-profit recycling service, to help residents to recycle used coffee pods.
The new coffee pod recycling service supports the Council’s aims to reduce waste, increase recycling, save resources and give materials a second life.
Residents will be able to recycle their plastic and aluminium coffee pods at home by signing up for free on the Podback website. They will then be provided with two rolls of Podback recycling bags (26 bags or six months’ supply) along with instructions on how to use the service. When bags are full, residents simply put them out as normal with their food waste recycling bin. Residents living in flats can also participate by placing their bags alongside their communal food waste bin.
Commenting on the new scheme Eastleigh Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment Cllr Rupert Kyrle said: “We are really pleased to be working with Podback to open up this new kerbside recycling opportunity for our residents. Coffee drinkers will now be able to enjoy their coffee machines knowing the pods won’t be going to waste.”
Podback Executive Director Rick Hindley says: “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 with Eastleigh Borough Council to make that happen. Recycling with Podback means tonnes of used pods will be removed from the waste stream, and the materials will be recycled in the UK.”
Once collected, the coffee pods will be sent to specialist recycling plants. The plastic and aluminium will be transformed into new products, including packaging, car components and building products, while the coffee grounds will be treated by anaerobic digestion to create soil improver and renewable energy.
For more information please visit: www.eastleigh.gov.uk/podback
To find out more about signing up for the new Podback service please visit: www.podback.org