Podback: The Pod Recycling Service

Podback is the nationwide coffee pod recycling service, created to give people who enjoy the quality and taste of coffee pods simple and convenient ways to recycle them.

Podback is a not-for-profit organisation, established by the biggest names in coffee pod systems – Nestle and Jacobs Douwe Egberts UK – to develop an end-to-end recycling solution for used coffee pods. They are working with local authorities and retailers to develop a nationwide collection infrastructure, and with UK reprocessors to recover the coffee, aluminium and plastic.

Customers of Podback can recycle their used pods through drop-off points in retail stores, at local authority recycling centres as well as Yodel collection locations. Plastic pods are recycled in Yorkshire, and aluminium pods are recycled in Cheshire. The pods are shredded to remove the coffee grounds, which are processed by anaerobic digestion facilities, producing renewable energy (biogas) and soil improver.

Podback member brands represent over 80% of the UK coffee pod market, including Nespresso, NESCAFE Dolce Gusto and Tassimo, major retailers and independent roasters.