Podback is a not-for-profit coffee pod recycling service. Created in partnership with the biggest names in coffee pod systems, Nespresso, NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto and Tassimo, to give people who enjoy the quality and taste of coffee pods simple and easy ways to recycle them.
Conwy County Borough Council and Crest are working with Podback to provide this new free service, helping you to recycle your coffee (tea and hot chocolate) pods at home.
Collections will start from 26 September 2022.
How to get involved
It’s easy to get involved, simply follow the steps below:
- Sign up and order your FREE recycling bags on the Podback website.
- Podback will send you two rolls of bags for recycling your aluminium or plastic coffee pods along with an instruction leaflet.
- Once you have your bags, just follow the instructions and put them out every fortnight on your textiles and electricals collection day. Or if your live in a rural area, book a collection by calling Crest on 01492 596783.
What types of coffee pods can be recycled?
Plastic and aluminium pods should be recycled using Podback collection bags. When you sign up on the Podback website you’ll be asked what pods you use. This is so you get the correct bag – white bags for aluminium pods, green bags for plastic pods. Your bags and full instructions will be sent to you by Podback, and you can then get started straight away!
Aluminium coffee pods
Plastic coffee pods
What happens to the pods once collected?
The coffee pods you recycle with Podback are taken to specialist aluminium and plastics reprocessing plants in the UK. The coffee grounds are removed and the plastic and aluminium are then transformed into new products, including beverage cans, car components or plastic garden furniture and building products. The coffee grounds are used to create soil improver and renewable energy (biogas).
I live in a block with communal bins, can I still take part in the scheme?
Yes – sign up and order your free recycling bags on the Podback website then book a collection by calling Crest on 01492 596783.
You can also use the Drop Off service, which allows you to drop off filled bags at your nearest Collect+ location. Collect+ points are available 7 days a week. To order your free recycling bag visit the ways to recycle section of the Podback website.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please read our Frequently Asked Questions here to find out more about the Podback scheme.