Supermarket chain Aldi is joining the coffee pod recycling service, Podback, to help customers recycle their used coffee, tea and hot chocolate pods.

The retailer will introduce its own-label pods into the Podback scheme, making it the first supermarket in the UK to do so.

Starting next month, shoppers can visit the Podback website to order recycling bags, which can be filled with Aldi own-label pods and taken to one of 6,500 Collect+ drop off points.

Meanwhile, shoppers living in a participating local authority area can also register for kerbside collections on the website.

Aldi, which has its own-label coffee pods, said that the service will help customers to recycle up to 268t of plastic and 20t of aluminium Aldi own-label coffee pods each year.

Aldi plastic and packaging director Richard Gorman said: “We’re pleased to be joining Podback on this journey – especially as the first supermarket member.

“It’s important to us that we help customers do the right thing once our hot drink pods have been used, and we look forward to seeing how our partnership with Podback progresses.”

Set up by Nestle and Jacobs Douwe Egberts UK last year, Podback is claimed to be the first coffee pod recycling service of its kind in the UK.

Pods recycled under this programme are reprocessed within the UK.

Podback executive director Rick Hindley said: “We are delighted to welcome Aldi as the first supermarket brand member of Podback.

“We hope other retailers will follow Aldi’s lead and offer their own-brand pod customers the opportunity to recycle through Podback.”

In September this year, Aldi expanded its soft plastic collection points to nearly all its stores in the UK.