Kerbside coffee pod recycling collections set to be launched in Exeter

Exeter residents could soon be able to recycle their plastic and aluminium coffee pods from the kerbside as part of a new initiative.

The city council is set to become one of the first authorities in the country to collect the items.

Working with not-for-profit organisation Podback, the council is set to encourage householders to collect their coffee pods and then put them out in a separate bag.

They will then be placed in a cage on the side of the collection vehicle before being  bulked-up and sent off for recycling when they arrive at the city’s Materials Reclamation Facility.

The scheme is set to be funded by Nestle and Jacobs Douwe Egberts – with no cost to the taxpayer.

It is expected to start early next year and initially cover brands including Nespresso, Nescafé Dolce Gusto and Tassimo, representing the majority of the UK market.

It is hoped the programme can be expanded to include all coffee brands that use plastic or aluminium pods in the UK.

Councillor David Harvey, lead for city management, said: “We are just putting the finishing touches to this initiative and it is set to be great news for Exeter.

“We have been trying to find a solution for coffee pods for some time.

“For a long time now people have not been able to recycle them from home, but this new initiative is welcome news for everyone who wants to recycle and make a difference to our environment.”

Research has revealed 35 per cent of coffee pod drinkers are unaware that pods can be recycled.

Guillaume Chesneau, managing director at Nespresso UK and Ireland and board director of Podback, said: “Our ambition is to create a powerful end-to-end recycling solution, available to all, and Podback demonstrates our commitment towards achieving this important goal.”

“We are working closely with manufacturers, retailers and local authorities and calling upon them to join us and ensure the scheme has maximum impact.”

Toby Bevans, marketing director at JDE UK and Ireland and board director of Podback, added: “We are calling on the entire industry to put commercial rivalries aside and collaborate, working together with other brands and retailers to make it as easy as possible for our consumers to recycle their pods.”

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