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1.6 tonnes of coffee pods recycled so far

1.6 tonnes of coffee pods have been recycled from over 2,600 properties in Cardiff since April, thanks to a new programme.

As we reported in April, the scheme allows households to sign up with Podback, so Cardiff Council can collect coffee pods from people’s homes at no cost to the taxpayer.

Caro Wild, Cabinet Member for Climate Change at Cardiff Council, said: “As a council we don’t have any power or influence over the types of packaging and waste produced by companies selling products and materials.

“Our role is to recycle as much of it as possible, while ensuring the safe treatment and disposal of any waste that cannot be reused or recycled. The Podback scheme is an excellent example of ‘producer responsibility’, where the manufacturers are taking the initiative to recycle the waste that they generate.”

The pods collected through the new service will be recycled in the UK, with plastic and aluminium being used to make new products, including packaging and car components with the coffee grounds used to create renewable energy and soil improver.

You can sign up to the scheme on the Podback website – https://www.podback.org/ and a roll of 13 bags will be delivered to the property by Podback with instructions of how to use the scheme.

When a bag is full, you’re asked to book a kerbside collection by visiting: www.cardiff.gov.uk/podback.

To find out more about signing up for the new Podback service and what coffee pods can be recycled please visit: www.podback.org

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