Roll out of free coffee pod kerbside recycling service announced for Exeter

Residents in Exeter can recycle plastic and aluminium coffee pods from home starting this month when a new kerbside collection service is rolled out.

Exeter City Council has announced its new kerbside recycling service for plastic and aluminium coffee pods will start on Monday, January 24.

The City Council has teamed up with Podback, a not-for-profit coffee recycling service, to offer the free collections.

Residents will need to register for the new service, then receive special collection bags provided by Podback. The bags will be collected by the council on a weekly basis as part of recycling and household waste collections.

Flyers setting out the service will be sent out from this week to homes across the city.

Cllr David Harvey, lead councillor for city management, said: “We’ve been looking for a recycling solution for these pods for some time, so it’s fantastic that they can now be recycled from the kerbside.

“Podback is funding the service, so it is cost neutral.”

Once collected, the coffee pods will be sent for reprocessing to separate the packaging from the coffee grounds, said Exeter City Council.

The coffee grounds will be used to create soil improver and renewable energy. The plastic and aluminium will be transformed into new products

Exeter residents registering for the new service will be sent two rolls of bags – plus a caddy if they use Nescafe Dolce Gusto coffee pods – and user instructions.

Pod caddies or bags can be left outside for kerbside collection along with their other waste and recycling.

Research conducted by YouGov on behalf of Podback found that more than a third (35 per cent) of coffee pod drinkers are unaware that pods can be recycled.

Some 90 per cent said they would be keen to be able to recycle their coffee pods through their usual household recycling, the poll found.

  • For more information on the new coffee pod recycling service, see here.

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