Reducing the environmental impact of coffee pods

Published on 25 June 2021

Many of us love the convenience of coffee pods. 

Unfortunately single-use pods cannot be recycled via your yellow-lid recycling bin.

Many pods end up contaminating the recycling system, ultimately going into landfill and undoing all good intentions.

Some coffee pods can be recycled through your local Nespresso store or Nespresso collection point

If you are unable to do this, place them in the red-lid general waste bin.

Other ways reduce the environmental impact of pod coffee

  • Use reusable pods, such as SealPod or Pod Star capsules. Check they are compatible with your machine before purchasing. These pods give you the freedom to choose your coffee beans and then put the used grounds straight onto your garden or your green organics bin.
  • Switch to using loose ground coffee or coffee beans in a non-pod coffee machine. It's generally cheaper and you get the satisfaction of brewing coffee from scratch.