The Australian Government is supporting Planet Ark Environmental Foundation’s PODCycle project to develop a product stewardship scheme to recycle coffee pods and capsules.
Australians consume 3 million coffee capsules and pods daily, with only 10% of these recycled. This equates to an estimated 8,500 tonnes of aluminium, plastic and used coffee grounds going to landfill every year.
Through collaboration with Nestle (Nespresso) and Woolworths, the PODcycle project is establishing a national scheme to collect and recycle coffee capsules and pods of all types and brands. The Australian Government is providing a grant of $940,000 for the project through the National Product Stewardship Investment Fund.
The PODcycle scheme is due to commence in October 2022.