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Recycling coffee pods

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NanKate Sun 03-Nov-19 16:39:45

Just bought a Nespresso coffee machine and have seen we can take the used pods back to John Lewis 4 miles away to dispose of. We only go there about every couple of months.

Where do you get rid of yours please ? I know they can't go in our recyling bin.

Willow500 Sun 03-Nov-19 20:17:26

I have a Tassimo and although they do a recycling scheme it's through volunteers and you have to get the used pods to their house. There isn't one near me so unfortunately they go in the bin. I would keep them in a specific bin with a tight lid on and take them as a batch when you go to town. At least that way you are doing your bit.

jura2 Sun 03-Nov-19 20:20:34

You can buy refillable capsules- wonderful.

jura2 Sun 03-Nov-19 20:23:09

www.youtube.com/watch?v=kK0sSMC5QAM

Marydoll Sun 03-Nov-19 20:25:08

When I was in Berlin a few years ago, I bought a necklace at a craft fair, made from recycled pods.
You could always take up jewellery making, Kate. I know you like your jewellery. wink

NotAGran55 Sun 03-Nov-19 20:26:14

There are various drop off points at shops nearby and I drop them off when the bag is full and I’m heading in that direction.

Davidhs Sun 03-Nov-19 20:42:00

Does anyone know why you can’t recycle them in your own bin as you would with an aluminum drinks can.

jura2 Sun 03-Nov-19 20:44:58

you can but you have to empty them first- that means cutting the top with a sharp knife and emptying in food/compost bin.

NanaandGrampy Sun 03-Nov-19 21:34:01

We recycle ours to a house in our village. When the lady has a boot full she takes it to our local rescue recycling point.

Grannybags Sun 03-Nov-19 21:38:29

If you order Nespresso on line they will collect your used pods when they deliver the new ones.

We ask for a few recycling bags when we are in store and wait until we have a few full ones before taking them back as we also live about 4 miles from the Nespresso shop.

NanKate Sun 03-Nov-19 22:33:39

Thanks folks for your helpful advice. The video Jura is excellent I think I will get the reusable pods as well as the Nespresso ones.

Trust you Mary to have a pod necklace. No doubt you have corks hanging from your hats too 😉 I must admit I have a very nice 1940s necklace made of Bakelite with a Canada Goose type bird hanging on it, beat that. 🦜

lilypollen Sun 03-Nov-19 22:46:41

Check Collect+ online. Lots of convenience stores accept the capsules to recycle, think you have to get a label with a barcode online.

As an aside, I've tried other brands of capsules sold in supermarkets but have to admit going back to Nespresso.

Riverwalk Mon 04-Nov-19 06:55:53

Nespresso provide labels and recycling bags - you either take them to a Click + Collect shop or a driver picks them up from outside your door. Service is free.

DoraMarr Mon 04-Nov-19 07:35:32

www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/nov/04/better-latte-than-never-compostable-coffee-pods-go-on-sale

Ginny42 Mon 04-Nov-19 07:52:50

I saw a really nice fly screen made from pods hanging over a doorway in Portugal. It had long lines of colours in stripes, but I don't know how they fixed them together.

Ginny42 Mon 04-Nov-19 07:56:27

Forgot to say that they had emptied the coffee grounds and flattened the pods.

NanKate Mon 04-Nov-19 08:24:14

Ginny you and Mary are opening up my mind to a whole new world of alternative pod use 😀

Persistentdonor Mon 04-Nov-19 09:57:09

Intrigued by the idea of jewellery made from coffee pods I checked out google images, and discovered it is possible to buy a Pod Star Reusable Stainless Steel Coffee Pod to fit Nespresso machines. It seems they are available for other machines too.

Thorntrees Mon 04-Nov-19 10:47:10

DH empties ours and collects the grounds in a tub to use on the flower beds, Then rinses out the pods and puts in the recycling bin. He says by doing it every few days it’s not too much of a chore.