Starbucks joins forces with Podback for coffee pod recycling

Starbucks joins forces with Podback for coffee pod recycling

Sustainability

Starbucks has joined forces with Podback to enhance coffee pod recycling efforts across the UK.

Demonstrating its ongoing dedication to sustainability, Starbucks UK now provides customers with a convenient option to obtain Podback’s complimentary drop-off recycling bags at all 1,250 of its coffee shops throughout the country.

Customers can easily fill these bags with used coffee pods at home and then drop them off at any of the 6,500 Yodel drop-off points located across the UK. Furthermore, the postage for returning the pods back to Podback is entirely free of charge. Podback also extends its services to offer kerbside collection of pods as part of household waste and recycling programs, benefiting 1.5 million households across 21 UK local authorities.

Since its launch in April 2021, Starbucks® by Nespresso® and Starbucks® by NESCAFE Dolce Gusto® coffee pods have been accepted for recycling through Podback. This recent expansion into Starbucks’ UK retail operation represents a further step in the ongoing partnership between the two organizations, both sharing a commitment to advancing sustainable practices.

All coffee pods collected by Podback are processed for recycling within the UK by its reprocessing partners. The used aluminium pods are utilized in the production of new items, such as beverage cans, while the used plastic coffee pods are repurposed into various plastic products, including supermarket crates and building materials. Moreover, the used coffee grounds undergo anaerobic digestion to generate biogas and soil improver.

Jacqui Wetherly, UK Director of Sustainability at Starbucks UK said: With Starbucks UK customers already using Podback to recycle our pods at home, we are delighted to offer them an easier way to pick up their bags from our outlets. We are committed to our continued journey of reducing the environmental impact of all of our coffee products, from the beans to the milks we use and the way it is served. This partnership is another step towards making this possible.

In July 2023, Morrisons was the first to support Podback, trialling recycling points for coffee machine pods in 29 stores.

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