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Council set to launch new coffee pod recycling scheme

At a meeting of the Horsham District Council Cabinet it was approved that a new kerbside coffee pod recycling scheme would be introduced alongside the Council’s already very successful recycling project to collect small electricals, textiles and batteries.

The Council aims to take part in the new scheme to help residents recycle coffee pods, previously a difficult item to dispose of sustainably. Not-for-profit recycling organisation Podback, which is partnering with the Council to deliver the service, was created in partnership with coffee pod system manufacturers including Nespresso, NESCAFE Dolce Gusto and Tassimo.

Councillors have also supported the continuation of the kerbside collections of small electricals, textiles and batteries which were launched as a trial, in partnership with West Sussex County Council in May 2021. This service has been extremely popular with over 11,000 bags of electrical and textiles being collected which represents 11.5 tonnes of electricals and 21 tonnes of textiles. Some 4.9 tonnes of batteries have also been collected.

The new coffee pod service will help support the Council’s aim to reduce waste, increase recycling and achieve carbon savings to help tackle climate change. It is the latest in a series of innovative recycling initiatives from the Council, including the kerbside  weekly collection of batteries, textiles and small electrical items, and a recent food waste collection trial.

Commenting on the new scheme Horsham District Council’s Cabinet Member for Recycling and Waste Cllr Toni Bradnum said:

"We are always looking for innovative ways to recycle waste and avoid it going to landfill.

We like to empower residents to make cleaner, greener decisions and we are sure that the introduction of this new coffee pod scheme will help build on our already excellent track record for recycling across the District.

Introducing coffee pod collections through our existing kerbside recycling services will make it even easier for residents to participate at home whilst helping the Council increase the amount it recycles."

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