A scheme in Horsham has seen half a million coffee pods collected and recycled in its first six months of operation.

Horsham District Council works with Podback, which recycles coffee pods across the country, to run the free collection service for residents.

Once collected, coffee pods are taken to reprocessing plants. Coffee grounds are removed and used to create soil improver and biogas, while the plastic and aluminum components are made into new products.

Cllr Jay Mercer, cabinet member for environmental health, recycling and waste, said: ‘The Podback recycling collection service supports our commitment to tackling climate change.

‘Horsham District has the highest recycling rate in West Sussex and as a council we are grateful to our environmentally conscious and caring residents for helping to make sure these typically difficult to recycle pods get reused.

‘The response to the Podback collection service has been great and I am delighted to see over half a million coffee pods saved from waste since we launched the service.’

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