At Brantlegh Waste we like our coffee. It gets us started in the morning and we are pretty sure it is the key to our success – acting as our fuel as we work with clients in Manchester and London to ensure they have access to flexible and affordable waste removal.

However, we appreciate that coffee is not necessarily the best possible way of supporting the environment and, at Brantlegh Waste, it goes without saying that we take the environment extremely seriously. This is mainly because most of us source our coffee from convenient and handy coffee pods, mainly made from partly or un-recyclable plastic, which more often than not ends up in landfills.

But no-one wants a side of guilt to accompany their cappuccino in the morning, right? Which is why big brands like Keurig have introduced pods that are partly made with recyclable or biodegradable materials. However, many argue this isn’t going far enough as the size and material made them difficult to recycle with biodegradable materials, in particular, taking years to break down. To combat this problem some rather smart bods have created a 100% compostable coffee pod, which can break down and transform quickly and effectively – meaning you can have that first sip of coffee absolutely guilt-free.

The companies leading the way in bio coffee pods are:

  • CRU Kafe: based in London, CRU Kafe take the environment very seriously and feature biodegradable packages as well as making sure they have no chemicals in their completely organic coffee.
  • Pact Coffee: Pact produce recyclable pods, a feat which it pays for in serious cash – spending at least 25% more than standard fairtrade rates.
  • Ecopads: leading the way in eco-friendly coffee drinking these pods can be reused, refilled and washed. As if that wasn’t enough, they can be filled with any ground coffee and even work with Philips Senseo machines.

Of course, there are some downsides to this whole process. Switching to compostable pods can be costly as there is the expense of developing new packaging, whilst compostable products are, in general, far more expensive than conventional plastics. In order to remain competitive companies have had to work pretty hard to find innovative methods of changing their manufacturing process without passing on the price increase to customers. According to a PR Executive at Dean’s Beans, they have been working on the entire process for a shocking “eight years.” Yes you read that correctly – eight whole years.

And then there is the final hurdle in this coffee saga and that is making sure the end consumer, like you and I, remembers to separate their rubbish and put items that should be recycled into the appropriate receptacles. Overall, as a society this is something we are not doing too brilliantly, even with a slew of recent council incentives that practically force residents to separate their rubbish into the appropriate categories. It would seem we are some way off that perfect cup of coffee…

If you would like to contact the team at Brantlegh Waste to discuss disposing of your waste in London or Manchester feel free to give us a call on 0333 8000 613 or drop us a line on info@brantlegh.co.uk