The City of Wolverhampton Council in Wolverhampton, UK, has partnered with non-profit coffee pod recycling service Podback to launch a coffee pod recycling scheme.
The scheme will enable coffee drinkers across Wolverhampton to recycle both plastic and aluminium coffee pods at the city’s two household waste recycling centres (HWRCs), which are located on Anchor Lane and Shaw Road.
Residents who cannot access to the HWRCs can either take their used pods to the sites and deposit them in special containers provided by Podback or register for a door-to-door collection service with Podback.
Registered residents will receive branded recycling bags, which contain a leaflet with instructions on the scheme. They can then book a collection via Podback’s website when their bags are full.
In addition, residents living in flats can join the Podback scheme using the Podback Drop Off service.
Collected coffee pods will be converted into new products, including packaging, car components and building products, at specialist recycling plants across the UK.
City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for City, Environment and Climate Change Cllr Steve Evans said: “Many of our residents will enjoy a cup of coffee at home using their coffee machines and this new service will allow them to do something good for the environment every time they fill a mug.
“Podback is funding the service, so it is cost-neutral for us and an excellent way to improve our existing recycling options for residents.
“To further support our commitment to tackling climate change, the Podback recycling team will be delivering bags and collecting pods using an electric vehicle.”
The scheme is intended to support the City of Wolverhampton Council’s commitment to reduce waste, increase recycling and reduce carbon emissions.
Last month, Horsham District Council in West Sussex partnered with Podback to launch a recycling scheme.