We are currently trialling a free kerbside collection service for your used coffee pods.

The trial, launched in partnership with Podback, will initially cover approximately 75% of households in the Chichester District and has been designed to make recycling at home even easier. The trial started in July 2021 and will last for 12 months.

Alongside coffee pods, we are also introducing separate collections of textiles and small electrical items.

What is Podback?

Podback is a not for profit coffee pod recycling service. Created in partnership with some of the biggest names in coffee pod systems to give people who enjoy the taste of coffee pods simple and easy ways to recycle them:

  • Nespresso;
  • Nescafe;
  • Dolce Gusto; and
  • Tassimo

We are supporting the new Podback recycling service. This service enables you to recycle your coffee pods once a month, as part of our kerbside collection trial of textiles and small electrical items.

How does the service work?

To use this service simply register on the  Podback website and order your free recycling bags. Podback will send your bags and instructions in the post. Please only use these bags for the kerbside coffee pod collection service.

Once you have received your recycling bags simply follow these instructions to help us recycle your coffee pods:

  1. Drain the used pods of any liquid before placing in the Podback recycling bag. Be careful as the contents may be hot.
  2. Fill the bag with used pods. Do not fill above the dotted line on the bag.
  3. Tie the bag so the contents stay dry and secure.
  4. Check your collection day.
  5. Place the bag outside on your scheduled collection day. Please ensure the bag is clearly visible from the roadside by 7am on the morning of collection.

Collections take place once a month by a dedicated crew so collections days may be different to your normal bin day. 

For more information about the trial service, please see our frequently asked questions.

Frequently asked questions

Can I recycle any brand of coffee pod?

To find out if you can recycle your brand of coffee pods visit the  Podback  website.
 

Do I need to remove the used coffee grounds before putting them into the Podback recycling bag?

No. The coffee grounds are removed from the pods at the reprocessor to create soil improver and renewable energy.

Please just remember to drain the used pods of any liquid before placing in the Podback recycling bag. Be careful as the contents may be hot.

Can I put aluminium and plastic pods in the same bag?

No. The different types of pods must be kept separate so they can be sent to the correct reprocessing facility. There are two different bags: 

  • a white one for aluminium pods; and
  • teal one for plastic pods.

If you use both aluminium and plastic pods you should request both types of bags when you register.
 

Will I automatically receive the Podback recycling bags?

No. To use this service simply register at the  Podback  website and order your free recycling bags. Podback will send your bags and instructions in the post.

Can I use any bag to recycle my used pods?

No. To take part in the Podback kerbside recycling collection scheme, you must use the recycling bags provided by Podback. Order the bags for free at  Podback .

How many used pods will fit into the recycling bags?

The quantity of pods will depend on the brand of pods you use. Follow the instructions on the bag and fill it to the dotted line ensuring they are drained of any liquid.

Where can I find my collection day?

Collections take place once a month by a dedicated crew so collections days may be different to your normal bin day. You can check your collection day using our collection calendar.

Where do I put my bags for collection?

Please place your bags just inside your property boundary at the nearest point to the public highway/road by 7am on the morning of collection. Collections for this service are completed by a special collection crew so please ensure your bags are clearly visible from the roadside and not placed behind or in your waste or recycling bin.

My bags have not been collected - what do I do?

Your bag will not be collected if it contains the wrong materials or is filled with liquids.  If the bags do contain the wrong materials or lots of liquid, please remove these before putting them out on your next scheduled collection day.

Please also check to make sure your items were placed out on the correct collection day.

Collections take place once a month by a dedicated crew so collections days may be different to your normal bin day. Please check our collection calendar.

If we have missed your bag(s) please contact us on: 01243 785166

What happens to the pods once collected?

The plastic and aluminium will be transformed into new products in the UK. The coffee grounds are used to create soil improver and renewable energy.
 

How do I get more bags?

Once you have registered, you will automatically receive a new supply of bags from Podback every 6 months.

​​​​​​​I live in a property with a shared communal bin.  Can I still participate?

If you live in a flat or communal property with shared bins, we will need to assess your collection arrangements. Please email us at wasteandrecycling@chichester.gov.uk to arrange a collection point.

Why am I not included in the 75% trial area?

Unfortunately, we are only able to trial this service in 75% of the district. If you are not included in the trial area, please visit Podback  for alternative ways to recycle your coffee pods.

Can I use the Collect+ bags for the kerbside collection service?

No. You must use the Podback recycling bags that are designed for the kerbside collections. If you request a Collect+ recycling option from Podback, you will be sent a recycling bag specifically for this type of collection. You need to follow the online instructions, print a label and return it to a Collect+ store.

Can I take my coffee pods to the Recycling Centre for recycling?

No. Please do not take your used coffee pods to the recycling centres or banks for recycling. You can only recycle your coffee pods via our kerbside collection service. If you are not included in the trial area, please visit  Podback  for alternative ways to recycle your coffee pods.