Coffee Pods

Go Green – The greenest choice is to take your own cup to a cafĂ© or purchase a coffee machine where beans are used in bulk so that no throw-away pods are used.


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.

Some eco-friendly alternatives to single use pods if you have a Nespresso® machine are the reuseable capsules manufactured by WayCap, Bluecup and SealPod. These and other sustainable coffee machine accessories can be found at Crema Joe.

Use Discretion – If you already have a machine that uses pods, recycle coffee pods through:

  • The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences has organised for a Nespresso bulk recycling/collection bin in the kitchen on Level 2 Alan Gilbert Building (location map).
  • 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.
Stop – Throwing coffee pods into landfill bins.