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Recycling coffee pods with the L'OR Podback bag

Recycling coffee pods has never been easier with the L'OR Podback recycling bag. With every order, you will receive Podback bags, to make sure that you can recycle the L'OR coffee pods after you have enjoyed your favourite cup of coffee.

About Podback

Podback is a new coffee pod recycling service, designed to make recycling coffee pods as easy as it is to make pod coffee. This service is created in partnership with the biggest names in coffee pod systems - Nespresso, NESCAFÉ, Dolce Gusto and L’OR. Podback bags are added to every order made through our website making it simple and easy to recycle your used pods. With Podback you can recycle your coffee pods in two different ways: Kerbside & via the Podback Drop Off service.

Ways to recycle

 

Kerbside

With Kerbside you simply fill your Podback Kerbside recycling bag with used pods and leave it outside with your other household rubbish. You will need to register for Kerbside through the Podback website.

The quantity of Podback bags you’ll receive are based on the number of units within your order. If you require additional bags you can order these here.

  1. Check if Kerbside collection is available in your area and register for Kerbside on the Podback website.
  2. Fill your bag with used pods.
  3. Leave your filled Podback Kerbside bags out with your other household rubbish.
  4. Your Podback Kerbside bags will be collected and your pods taken for processing.

Drop Off

With Drop Off you can take your filled Podback recycling bag to your nearest Collect+ store. Collect+ have over 7,000 local stores, open seven days a week, offering a place to drop off your recycling bags. You will need a label to return your podback drop off bag with collect+. These can be found on the Collect+ website and printed at home or in any Collect+ store for free. Your Drop Off Podback bags will be sent to you with your order.

  1. The quantity of Podback bags you’ll receive are based on the number of units within your order. If you require additional bags you can order these here.
  2. Fill your bags with used pods.
  3. Visit the Collect+ website download your label and find your nearest Collect+ store.
  4. Take your filled Podback recycling bags to one of the over 7,000 Collect+ stores.

FAQS

Podback Journey info

After collection, the coffee pods are taken to a specialist reprocessing plant in the UK to separate the packaging from the used coffee grounds. The coffee grounds are used to create soil improver and renewable energy. The aluminium will be transformed into new products such as beverage cans or plastic garden furniture.
Aluminium pods will be reprocessed at Tandom Metallurgical Group Ltd. in Congleton, near Stoke-on-Trent.
Recycling bags are recovered and used to create energy.

Kerbside

No, the coffee grounds are removed from the pods at the reprocessor. The coffee is then used as a soil improver and to create renewable energy.
Please drain any remaining liquid from your used pod before adding it to your recycling bag.
No. You must use the bags designed for the collection route.
The bags for kerbside are available through the Podback website. If this service is available in your area you will need to register in order to get the bags. You will then be sent a roll of bags for recycling your aluminium or plastic coffee pods. Find out if kerbside is available in your area here
Please review the guidance provided by your council and on their website. Each council’s services are run slightly differently, and your collection day may differ from another council.
Click here to order an additional roll of kerbside collection bags.
We are in positive discussions with several local authorities and hope to have more operational soon. The set up and roll out of kerbside collections will take time so in the meantime please use our Drop Off collection service. To find out more about this service click here

Recycling Bags

The quantity of pods will depend on the brand of pods you use. For maximum capacity please ensure pods are drained and the bag is filled to the dotted line.
You can put any participating brand’s pods in the appropriate bag.
The teal-coloured bag marked P is for plastic coffee pods or the white bag marked A is for aluminium coffee pods.
If you use both aluminium and plastic pods you cannot put them in the same bag, you will need to use separate bags. This is so they can be sent to the correct reprocessing facility.
We’ll add Podback bags to every order made through our website. The quantity of Podback bags you’ll receive will cover the number of capsules in your order. If you require additional bags you can order these here.
No, the coffee grounds are removed from the pods at the reprocessor. The coffee is then used as a soil improver and to create renewable energy.
Please drain any remaining liquid from your used pod before adding it to your recycling bag.
Used pods will only be accepted in designated Podback bags, whether that be at a drop off point, or kerbside collection.
The current recycling bags are not recycled as part of the recycling process due to their contact with liquids, labels and other complex materials. The bags are recovered from waste and used to create energy. We are looking at ways to recycle these in future.

Drop Off/Collect+

The bags for Drop Off are available via participating brand websites, and we hope to have them available in supermarkets soon.
You can find your nearest Collect+ drop location here.
If you don't have a printer, select the Print in Store option when arranging a label. You will be emailed a barcode, present the barcode to the store assistant using your mobile device. They will print the label for you for FREE.
You can generate a barcode to return your Aluminium pods bag here or your Plastic pods bag here

RECYCLING

L’OR Espresso capsules are made from aluminium to provide you with the best espresso. Aluminium is known to effectively preserve the aroma and the flavours of the coffee and enables you to enjoy the intense taste of a L’OR espresso for a unique experience.

 

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Podback has arrived!

Because we believe we all have a role to play in looking after our environment, L’OR is proud to be a member of Podback, the new coffee pod recycling service. Podback has now launched and it’s recycling schemes are available to be used! Podback is designed to make recycling your coffee pods as easy as it is to make pod coffee. Podback bags are added to every order made through our website making it simple and easy to recycle your used pods. 

 

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Kerbside recycling
You simply leave out your filled Podback Kerbside collection bags with your other household rubbish.
Check Kerbside collection availability at www.podback.org

 
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Drop Off

You can take your filled Drop Off Podback recycling bag to your nearest Collect+ Store.
Your Drop Off Podback bags will be sent to you with your order. The quantity of Podback bags you’ll receive are based on the number of units within your order.

 

If you require additional bags you can order these here. 

HOW CAN I RECYCLE MY L'OR COFFEE CUPS?

All you have to do is collect your empty coffee capsules and send them in. Our partner will then recycle the capsules and the coffee. Follow the steps below to recycle your L'OR coffee pods.

STEP 1

Collect your L'OR capsules in a cardboard box. Put the capsules in one (and only one) plastic bag before putting them in the box to avoid spillage.

STEP 2

Once you have collected at least 200 capsules, request and print a free UPS shipping label by filing in the form below.

STEP 3

Attach your label to your parcel. Please make sure you use a sturdy cardboard box which is no larger than 60x60x50cm in size.

STEP 4

Book a free pick-up via UPS by calling 03457 877 877 or book online. Alternatively, you can also drop off your parcel at your closest UPS drop-off point.

Request shipping label

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is Podback?

Podback is a coffee pod recycling service. Created in partnership with the biggest names in coffee pod systems, Nespresso, NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto and Tassimo, to give people who enjoy the quality and taste of coffee pods simple and easy ways to recycle them. It's the first of its kind in the UK.

What types of pods are accepted in Podback?

All aluminium and plastic pods from participating brands are accepted and can be recycled via the Podback programme. Find out if you can recycle your brand of pods here.

What is the overall carbon impact of the Podback scheme?

The carbon footprint of the service is very important to us, and we are working with our partners to ensure the service is as efficient as possible.

I am in Northern Ireland; can I use the Podback service?

Yes, the service covers the whole of the UK including Northern Ireland.

I am in the Republic of Ireland; can I use the Podback service?

No, the service will initially cover the whole of the UK, including Northern Ireland, but we are already looking at how and when we will expand to the Republic of Ireland in the future.

Where will the pods be processed and recycled?

Aluminium pods will be reprocessed at Tandom Metallurgical Group Ltd. in Congleton, near Stoke-on-Trent. Plastic pods will be reprocessed by Roydon in Swinton, near Manchester.

Are the bags recycled as part of this journey?

Recycling bags are recovered and used to create energy.

Why are L'OR pods made with aluminium when other materials could be available?

L’OR Espresso capsules are made from aluminium to provide you with the best espresso. Aluminium is known to effectively preserve the aroma and the flavours of the coffee and now enables you to enjoy the intense taste of a L’OR espresso for a unique experience. Through the Podback scheme we are working towards all of the aluminium in our pods being recycled and reused.

I use 2 different branded pods; can they go in the same recycling bag?

You can put any participating brand’s pods in the appropriate bag. The teal-coloured bag marked P is for plastic coffee pods or the white bag marked A is for aluminium coffee pods. If you use both aluminium and plastic pods you cannot put them in the same bag, you will need to use separate bags. This is so they can be sent to the correct reprocessing facility.

Do I need to remove the used coffee grounds before putting them into the drop off bag?

No, the coffee grounds are removed from the pods at the reprocessor. The coffee is then used as a soil improver and to create renewable energy.
Please drain any remaining liquid from your used pod before adding it to your recycling bag.

I don't have a Collect+ location near me, can I send my used coffee pods directly to you?

 

Unfortunately as part of the Podback scheme, your pods can only be recycled through Podback Drop Off or Podback Kerbside Collection at this time.

How do I recycle my pods through Podback?

Kerbside - With Kerbside you simply fill your Podback recycling bag with used pods and leave it outside with your other waste and recycling on your normal waste collection day. You get your kerbside recycling bags by registering for this service. Find out if kerbside is available in your area here.

 

Drop Off - With Drop Off you can take your filled Podback recycling bag to your nearest Collect+ location. Collect+ partners with local shops around the UK offering a place to drop off your recycling bags. You will need a label to return your Podback bag. These can be printed at home or in any Collect+ store for free. Recycling bags for Drop Off are available from participating brand websites, and we hope to have these available in supermarkets soon. Please note that all Collect+ locations currently have the facility to print labels in store.

How does the recycling process work?

The sorting and reprocessing stages are overseen by ourselves and partners in the UK, meaning we have complete visibility over what happens to our pods. After collection, the coffee pod materials will be separated from the used coffee grounds. The plastic pods are processed to produce high-grade plastic pellets which can be used by manufacturers to produce high-grade plastic items, such as furniture. The coffee grounds go through anaerobic digestion producing a combination of biogas and soil improver. This is an iterative process and we hope as our volumes of collected pods increase, we can make this process even more circular.

How do I get a hold of a recycling bag?

The recycling bag you need depends on the recycling collection route you are using. The bags for kerbside are available through on the Podback website, if this service is available in your area. You will need to register to receive these bags. Find out if kerbside is available in your area here. 

We’ll add Podback bags to every order made through our website. The quantity of Podback bags you’ll receive will cover the number of capsules in your order.

If you require additional bags you can order these here. 

Where is my nearest Collect+ drop location?

You can find your nearest Collect+ drop location here.

I don’t have a printer to print a label at home – what should I do?

If you don't have a printer, select the Print in Store option when arranging a label. You will be emailed a barcode, present the barcode to the store assistant using your mobile device. They will print the label for you for FREE. You can generate a barcode to return your Aluminium pods bag here, or your Plastic pods bag here.

Can I use the Podback kerbside collection bags for drop off? For example, with Collect+?

No. You must use the bags designed for the collection route.

How many used pods will fit into the recycling bags?

The quantity of pods will depend on the brand of pods you use. Please fill the recycling bag to the dotted line, ensuring used pods are drained of any liquid.

Can I use other/generic bags to return my used pods?

Used pods will only be accepted in designated Podback bags, whether that be at a drop off point, or kerbside collection.

Are the bags recycled as part of the recycling process?

The current recycling bags are not recycled as part of the recycling process due to their contact with liquids, labels and other complex materials. The bags are recovered from waste and used to create energy. We are looking at ways to recycle these in future.

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