Lockleys florist Kristina Skipter has volunteered her business to become a coffee pod recycling centre
Patrick Keam, The Advertiser
October 25, 2016 10:00pm
THEY are fast becoming a staple in kitchens alongside toasters, kettles and microwaves.
More than 1.5 million Australian households are believed to own a coffee-pod machine.
There is, however, an equally fast-growing chorus of people concerned about the environmental impact the single-serve capsules are having because they are difficult to recycle.
Lockleys florist Kristina Skipter says the pods are recyclable, but not through regular curb-side bin collections.
So Ms Skipter has volunteered her business, Indy Rose Flowers, to become a coffee-pod recycling point.
“Every little thing we can do to decrease landfill and look after our precious environment,” she says.
“We now have several customers who collect capsules on behalf of their work colleagues and households, ready to be dropped off to us – we can’t keep up.”
The used pods are taken by recycling company TerraCycle, which has established a system that separates the aluminium and coffee in used capsules. The coffee grounds are composted and the aluminium is melted down to be reused.
Ms Skipter says she became involved in the project after noticing the waste created when working with flowers.
“Being in the industry that we are in, it can be tough seeing all the excess packaging with our fresh flowers,” she says.
“We do our part in sorting all our waste, from the green waste to the cardboard, and disposing of them appropriately.”
Coffee-pod capsules can be dropped off for recycling at Indy Rose Flowers, 436 Henley Beach Rd, Lockleys.