Coffee pods

Can I recycle my coffee pods?

Coffee pods are usually made from a combination of aluminium and plastics. They are convenient and cause less mess to clean up. But the downside is that Australians consume an average of 3 million coffee pods a day, and most of them end up in landfill.

July 30, 2020
Coffee pods

Here are two things you may not know:

  • You can’t put your used coffee pods in the recycling bin! Even if your coffee pods are made from aluminium, they can’t go in your kerbside recycling bin as they are too small to be picked up by recycling equipment. So, off to landfill they go.
  • Pods that are labelled ‘compostable’ or ‘biodegradeable’ can’t be put into your yellow-top or FOGO recycling bin. They require an industrial composting system to break down effectively.

But don’t despair – you don’t have to give up your coffee pods. There are ways you can recycle them responsibly.


Nespresso has introduced a recycling scheme for their coffee pods. The used pods can be dropped at your nearest Nespresso store or posted back to them in a pouch that you purchase from the store or online. They also have collection points in addition to their stores.

Visit Nespresso to find out more.


Recycling company Terracycle will also take used coffee pods for recycling. You can return the pods you use, or you can collect for your neighbourhood. Either way, shipping is free. You simply register and download a shipping label.

They will accept:

  • All L'OR coffee capsules (aluminium only)
  • All Moccona coffee capsules (aluminium only).
  • All illy coffee capsules (aluminium only).
  • Nescafe Dolce Gusto & Starbucks coffee capsules.
Visit Terracycle to find out more.

Enjoy a cup of guilt-free coffee!

  • Buy coffee pod brands that can be recycled via the available programmes – and remember to recyle correctly.
  • Use an alternative coffee making system which uses ground coffee instead of pods. These include:
    - Coffee plunger
    - Drip filter coffee system
    - Stovetop espresso coffee maker
    - Espresso coffee machine

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