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The podback scheme: Your questions answered

Fast, clean and making a good cup every time, it’s easy to see why pod coffee is so popular. But, it’s been difficult to recycle the pods that your delicious coffee comes in, until now that is. Podback is the new industry-led coffee pod recycling scheme. Find out more below.

What is Podback and what’s their mission?

Podback is a coffee pod recycling service created by the biggest names in coffee pod systems, Nespresso, NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto, Starbucks by Nespresso, Starbucks by NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto, Tassimo and L’OR. They want to create a world where every coffee pod is recycled.

How and when will Ocado launch the Podback scheme?

We’ll start by launching Podback through our check-out gifting page in July. If you purchase these coffee brands you’ll be invited to add a free coffee pod recycling bag to your basket when you check out your next shop. At present you can only ask for one Podback bag per shop, you’ll be able to add two to your basket once we switch to coupons.

What’s the difference between the white and the green bags?

The white bag is for aluminium coffee pods and the green bag is for plastic coffee pods.

How do I recycle my bag, once it’s full?

There are two ways to recycle your Podback bag:

Kerbside You leave your Podback recycling bag outside with the rest of your rubbish and recycling bins on your normal waste collection day. Please check the Podback website to see if your local council supports kerbside collection.

Drop Off You take your filled Podback recycling bag to your nearest Collect+ store. You’ll need to attach a label to your bag, which you can either print at home or pick up in all Collect+ stores for free.

Return your aluminum pods bag here.Return your plastic pods bag here.

When do you expect other brands to join this scheme?

Podback is calling on all brands to join the scheme and hope more will do so soon. Find out if you can recycle your brand of pods on the Podback site. We’ll update this blog when more brands sign up.

Why aren’t pods currently collected as a part of household recycling?

Coffee pods are recyclable, but their size and weight means the UK’s existing waste infrastructure cannot currently sort and process them. Podback aims to fill this gap.


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