Cheltenham Borough Council becomes one of the first local authorities in the UK to collect coffee pods as part of household recycling


The local authority has joined Podback, a comprehensive recycling solution for coffee pods, set up by UK coffee industry leaders Nestlé and Jacobs Douwe Egberts UK

  • Industry leaders Nestlé and Jacobs Douwe Egberts UK announced the formation of Podback at the end of 2020
  • Kerbside collection of coffee pods has not previously been available in the UK
  • Consumers across the UK can also recycle their pods via Collect+

15 April 2021 - Households in Cheltenham can now sign up to recycle their coffee pods alongside their household recycling thanks to a new recycling initiative, Podback. The scheme has been set up by the UK coffee industry leaders, Nestlé and Jacobs Douwe Egberts UK.

More than 100,000 residents living in Cheltenham Borough Council will be able to leave their used Nespresso, NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto, Tassimo and L’OR and Starbucks at Home coffee pods in recycling bags outside ready to be collected alongside their regular household waste and recycling from the 10 May.* The community in Cheltenham can check whether their household is eligible and order recycling bags via the Podback website.

South Derbyshire is the other local area where the kerbside service is live from today, with Chichester also coming on board over the next two months.

Gareth Edmundson, Chief Executive, Cheltenham Borough Council, said “We’re pleased to be working with Podback, as one of the scheme’s first local authority partners, to offer our residents a simple way to recycle their coffee pods from their homes, particularly now many of us are doing more home working.  Recycling is one of the easiest steps we can all take to protect the environment, and we’re looking forward to the scheme going live on 15 April when residents can sign up to the scheme on-line with weekly collections at kerbside starting on 10 May – look out for the leaflet from Podback being delivered to residents from 19 April.”

While Cheltenham is one of the first local authorities to offer this service, coffee pod drinkers across the UK can also now recycle their aluminium and plastic coffee pods through Collect+ delivered by Yodel. Residents can take their used coffee pods to their nearest drop-off point: there are thousands in local stores across the UK, open seven days a week. Recycling bags can be ordered directly from any of the participating Podback brands online and bags will also be available in supermarkets soon.

The ambition of the Podback scheme is for all coffee brands and retailers of aluminium and plastic pods to join the initiative, as well as to expand collection to as many local areas as possible across the UK. Podback is also working with major retailers to develop a ‘handover at home’ option, meaning that consumers can have their used coffee pods collected for recycling when they have their groceries delivered.

Toby Bevans, Board Director of Podback, Marketing Director, JDE UK and Ireland, said: “Podback’s aim is for every pod enjoyed, to be easily recycled and we’re doing this by providing more convenient routes for people to recycle their pods. To continue making this as simple as possible for consumers, we want even more brands, retailers and local authorities to get involved to ensure that it is easier for everyone.”

Guillaume Chesneau, Board Director of Podback and Managing Director, Nespresso UK and Ireland: “For over ten years, our mission has been to ensure that every single pod that customers enjoy will be recycled. Today marks a significant step towards this ambition and joining forces with our industry partners to deliver kerbside collection will make recycling pods much simpler and easier for customers. We hope local authorities and retailers up and down the UK will join us on this ambitious journey to make this a future reality.”

Residents will be contacted with further information on the scheme from 19 April and can also visit


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