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NESCAFÉ Dolce GustoPodback

Everyone wants to do the right thing and recycle as much as possible. That’s why the biggest names in coffee pod systems, NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto, Nespresso and Tassimo came together to create Podback.​

​The first service of its kind in the UK, designed to make recycling coffee pods as easy as it is to make pod coffee. Giving people who enjoy the quality and taste of coffee pods simple and easy ways to recycle them.

So that anyone, anywhere in the country, can recycle their pods through one simple service. Podback’s mission is clear: To create a world where every coffee pod enjoyed is recycled.

Become a Recycler

Find out how you can recycle your coffee pods.​

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Resources for Recyclers

Kerbside

Kerbside​

New local authorities will continuously be added​

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Drop off

Drop off

Recycling bags will be available from retailers from Summer 2021​

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Your Questions, Answered

Podback Service

Podback is a 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. It's the first of its kind in the UK.

Kerbside - With Kerbside you simply fill your Podback recycling bag with used pods and leave it outside with your other waste and recycling on your normal waste collection day. You get your kerbside recycling bags by registering for this service. Find out if kerbside is available in your area via the checker above

Drop Off - With Drop Off you can take your filled Podback recycling bag to your nearest Collect+ store. Collect+ with local stores around the UK offering a place to drop-off your recycling bags. You will need a label to return your Podback bag. These can be printed at home or in any Collect+ store for free*. Recycling bags for Drop Off are available from participating brand websites and we hope to have these available in supermarkets soon. Please note that all Collect+ stores currently have the facility to print labels in store.

We are in positive discussions with several local authorities, and hope to have more operational soon.

While pods are technically recyclable, because of their size and weight they cannot be easily sorted and processed within the UK’s existing waste infrastructure. We want to make pods as easy as possible to recycle, which is why we have launched Podback.

The carbon footprint of the service is very important to us and we are working with our partners to ensure the service is as efficient as possible.

Yes, the service covers the whole of the UK including Northern Ireland.

No, the service will initially cover the whole of the UK including Northern Ireland, but we are already looking at how and when we will expand to the Republic of Ireland in the future.

Pod Journey

The sorting and reprocessing stages are overseen by ourselves and partners in the UK, meaning we have complete visibility over what happens to our pods. After collection, the coffee pod materials will be separated from the used coffee grounds. The plastic pods are processed to produce high-grade plastic pellets which can be used by manufacturers to produce high-grade plastic items, such as furniture. The coffee grounds go through anaerobic digestion producing a combination of biogas and soil improver. This is an iterative process and we hope as our volumes of collected pods increase, we can make this process even more circular.

Plastic pods will be reprocessed by Roydon in Swinton, near Manchester.

Recycling bags are recovered and used to create energy.

Our current materials allow our pods to protect the fresh taste of our high-quality coffee by preserving all the complex aromas and flavours, so you can enjoy your perfect cup. The make-up of these materials also allows for a robustness that works with our up to 15 bar pump pressure system to deliver high quality coffee, every time. Did you know we are working with packaging material suppliers to develop plastics made from responsibly managed and renewable resources?

Since 2019, we have been progressively changing the colour of the plastic used for our pods from black to brown. We are making this change to improve the recyclability of our pods where facilities exist. The colour change makes it easier for recycling facilities across Europe to sort pod materials accurately, helping to ensure all pods collected for recycling are actually recycled successfully.

Recycling Bags

Yes, you can still use any pink NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto recycling bags you may have on hand to recycle your pods for Drop off. In April 2021, we transitioned to a new recycling bag that has a new colour and design. Compared to the previous bag, we have improved the materials, seals, and artwork to minimize likelihood of bag leakage. Both bags fit 45 used pods that should be drained ahead of placing them in the recycling bag.

Drop off recycling bags are currently available free with the purchase of pods from the NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto webshop. From Summer 2021, recycling bags will become available from retailers. For kerbside recycling bags, if your area is eligible, your local authority will delivery the relevant recycling bags to your home.​

Used pods will only be accepted in designated Podback bags, whether that be at a drop off point, or kerbside collection.

The current recycling bags are not recycled as part of the recycling process due to their contact with liquids, labels and wider materials. The bags are recovered however and used to create energy and we are looking at ways to recycle these in the future.

Drop Off & Collect+

You can find your nearest Collect+ drop off point at here

Labels can be printed directly from the Collect+ website by clicking here if you use plastic pods. Please note that a new label, with a unique barcode, must be created for each bag you're returning. If you don't have a printer, select the Print in Store option. You will be emailed a barcode, present the barcode to the store assistant using your mobile device. They will print the label for you for FREE.

You can put any Podback-participating brand’s pods in the appropriate bag. The teal-coloured bag marked P is for plastic coffee pods or the white bag marked A is for aluminium coffee pods. If you use both aluminium and plastic pods you cannot put them in the same bag, you will need to use separate bags. This is so they can be sent to the correct reprocessing facility.

No, the coffee grounds are removed from the pods at the reprocessor. The coffee is then used as a soil improver and to create renewable energy. Please drain any remaining liquid from your used pod before adding it to your recycling bag.

No. You must use the bags designed for the collection route.

Unfortunately, apart of the Podback Drop Off scheme, we can only pick up used coffee pods via Collect+ locations at this time.

Kerbside

Outer packaging can, but neither NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto pods or recycling bags can currently be recycled in regular kerbside collection bins. In some local authorities, you can recycle your pods with Podback via the service's Kerbside scheme. For more infomation, complete the recycling checker on this page.

The bags for kerbside are available through the recycle checker above or podback.org. If this service is availabe in your area you will need to register in order to get the bags. You will then be sent a roll of bags for recycling your plastic coffee pods.

Please review the guidance provided in the by your council and on their website. Each council’s services are run slightly differently and your collection day may differ from another council.

Please follow this link to order an additional roll of kerbside collection bags.

We are in positive discussions with several local authorities, and hope to have more operational soon. The set up and roll out of kerbside collections will take time so in the meantime please use our Drop Off collection service.

You can put any participating brand’s pods in the appropriate bag. The teal-coloured bag marked P is for plastic coffee pods or the white bag marked A is for aluminium coffee pods. If you use both aluminium and plastic pods you cannot put them in the same bag you will need to use separate bags. This is so they can be sent to the correct reprocessing facility.

No, the coffee grounds are removed from the pods at the reprocessor. The coffee is then used as a soil improver and to create renewable energy. Please drain any remaining liquid from your used pod before adding it to your recycling bag.

Please review the guidance provided provided by your local council and on their website. Each council’s services are run slightly differently.

No. You must use the bags designed for the collection route.