What to do with
Coffee pods & capsules
The single-use pods used in many coffee machines are not usually accepted in your recycling collections from home, however some recycling schemes exist for these items - find out more below.
Some coffee pods are made from compostable plastic, which means that they will break down in either an industrial composting process or in a home compost. Industrial compostable plastics may not be suitable for home composting. Check the packaging for information.
If it is labelled as simply compostable then local authorities may collect them through garden or food waste collections if their processes are appropriate. Check with your local authority.
Coffee pod recycling schemes
Some types or brands of coffee pods (and other difficult-to-recycle items) are collected for recycling by a company called TerraCycle.
A new nationwide scheme called Podback also offers a recycling service currently covering pods from Nespresso, Nescafé Dolce Gusto, Starbucks by Nespresso, Starbucks by Nescafé Dolce Gusto, Tassimo, L’OR and independent coffee brand, CRU Kafe. Vist the Podback website to find out more.