How to dispose of our Biodegradable Coffee Pods

How to dispose of our Biodegradable Coffee Pods


You have these great environmentally friendly coffee pods, now you need to know the best way to dispose of them! 
We have broken down two ways to dispose of our pods, and also included how to dispose of our pouches and boxes.

 

Landfill or recycle?

The easiest choice is to throw them straight into your general waste bin, but if you're willing to put in a little extra work, you can also recycle them. Let us break it down for you:

 

How to dispose of coffee pods

What Happens to the our Pods in Landfill?

Whilst adding to landfill doesn’t sound eco-friendly, our pods are made from oxo-biodegradable plastic and are designed to break down in landfill at an accelerated rate of around 2 years (excluding the foil lid). Not the perfect solution, but when comparing this to aluminium pods that take up to 500 years to break down, it's a much better alternative.

The d2w oxo-additive in the pods allows for oxygen, moisture, heat, sunlight and microorganisms to promote degradation and accelerate the process. That being said, they are not necessary for degradation to take place. It takes around two years (based on the average conditions) of exposure to one or more of these environmental conditions. This time frame can change depending on the amount of exposure.

Recycling our Biodegradeable coffee Pods

Conventional plastic and aluminium pods require specialised recycling processes, such as taking your used pods to a recycling drop off location. With a little bit of effort, our pods can be thrown into your home recycling bin.

  • First, remove the foil lid. To recycle, you'll need to roll a heap of foil lids together into a golf-sized ball as recycling systems don't pick up anything smaller than a bottle cap.
  • Next, scoop the coffee grinds out. This can be used for your veggie patch, garden and home compost, or thrown into your green waste bin.
  • Finally, your empty pod can be rinsed/dusted off and thrown into your recycling bin.

What About our Compostable Pouch and Box?

Recycling Coffee pod Packaging

Our Nespresso®* compatible pods are packed in a compostable pouch. You can throw it into your home compost, green waste bin (if your local council uses industrial composting facilities), or you can take it to your local community compost heap. If it ends up in landfill, it will still break down at an accelerated rate, just not as quickly as it would in compost. 

The packaging is made from standard cardboard, so you're fine to throw it straight into your recycling bin.

 

Still have a question?

Check out our FAQ's, send me an email at hello@urbanbrew.co or call us on 1800 875 495. We are happy to help!

 

Enjoy!

Toby Strong

Founder & Happiness Hero