Coffee drinkers will be able to recycle their coffee pods by using a new kerbside recycling collection service.

ODS and Oxford City Council are working with Podback, a new coffee pod recycling service created in partnership with the biggest names in coffee pod systems, Nespresso, Nescafe Dolce Gusto and Tassimo to help residents recycle coffee pods.

Coffee pod sales have surged in the UK in recent years as coffee lovers have developed a taste for luxury coffee at home. However, Research conducted by YouGov on behalf of Podback found that more than a third of coffee pod drinkers are unaware that pods can be recycled. 90 per cent said they would like to be able to recycle their coffee pods through their usual household recycling.

From August 9, Oxford residents will be able to recycle both plastic and aluminium coffee pods using free collection bags provided by Podback. For those residents who cannot access a kerbside service, a Collect+ service is available that allows consumers to drop off filled bags to a Collect+ store.

The coffee pods will be sent for reprocessing to separate the packaging from the coffee grounds. The coffee grounds will be used to create soil improver and renewable energy. The plastic and aluminium will be recycled into new products.

Councillor Lubna Arshad, said: “With more people working from home and drinking coffee, the expansion of the recycling service to collect coffee pods couldn’t come at a better time. Our residents want to do the right thing for the environment and recycle as much as possible. The coffee pods will be collected every week for recycling using both our household recycling and waste vehicles.”

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