It is estimated that 1.2bn coffee pods were bought in the UK in 2021*. Aluminium capsules are fully and widely recyclable, however, it is often believed that aluminium coffee pods are too small to be captured for recycling when items are being sorted. This is not the case. Aluminium coffee pods are easily recycled and thanks to Podback, it’s now even easier for end-consumers to opt away from landfill.
Podback is a first-of-its-kind recycling programme for coffee in the UK. Their new programme allows consumers to take their used coffee pods to their nearest Collect + drop-off point for recycling.
Currently, pods from 11 coffee brands including Nespresso, Nescafé Dolce Gusto, Tassimo, L’OR and CRU Kafe can be recycled through Podback. All users need to do is order a recycling bag from the brand online (Soon to be available from supermarkets too!) and drop them off at their local Collect +.
This is when Tandom come in…
We’ve been working with coffee manufacturers such as Nespresso for years now, recycling used aluminium pods and turning them into aluminium ingots for new products – such as beverage cans.
The used, or sometimes non-used waste pods, enter our aluminium recycling centre in Congleton Cheshire to be shredded and separated before they are melted down in our furnaces. The molten metal is then poured into moulds and cooled into blocks which are later used in the manufacture of products – anything from automotive components to recyclable food & beverage packaging.
The used coffee grounds also go through anaerobic digestion – to produce a combination of biogas and soil improver.
For more information on the recycling process we operate to support organisations like Podback, check out the video below (Credit to Podback).
Recycling aluminium requires 95% less energy and produces 95% fewer greenhouse gas emissions compared to producing the raw primary material. If you manufacture products that contain or produce waste aluminium, please get in touch. We sell and trade a range of metal products for recycling, including aluminium alloys & deoxidants, special alloys & stainless steel and non-ferrous metals such as copper and zinc.
* Nielsen Total Coffee database YTD. Figures across all beverage pods sold in grocery retailers. 32% increase is 2021 sales vs the same time frame in 2019.