Australians consume around 3 million single-serve coffee pods every single day – and they are too small to be sorted correctly in the current recycling system. Millions of kilograms of aluminium and plastic have ended up in landfills since coffee pods came onto the market. Aluminium’s production is energy-intensive, and thus the material should be reused or recycled whenever possible.
Use Discretion – If you already have a machine that uses pods, recycle coffee pods through:
- Pod collection by a company called TerraCycle, whose mission is to divert hard-to-recycle waste from landfills.
- Nespresso also sells pre-paid Australia Post satchels consumers can send back to the company for recycling, with up to 130 capsules at a time