How to recycle your coffee bags

Up until recently, sadly, a zero waste solution for sustainably disposing of coffee bags has essentially been non-existent.

Coffee must be packaged in lined bags (usually utilising foil) to ensure that the grounds are perfectly protected from exposure, and so that the roast quality and freshness are retained. Whilst this is great for us coffee lovers,  it unfortunately meant that up until now, the bags couldn't be recycled due to the composite material.

However, thanks to a new initiative from TerraCycle (the first of its kind in Australia), consumers can now recycle their used coffee bags.

Recycling coffee bags in Australia - what to do, and where to take them


It's as simple as this:

1. Collect your used coffee bags 

The program accepts all brands, and types of coffee bags! Make sure your bags are empty and reasonably clean before placing them in a collection box. Additionally, if you choose to rinse your products, ensure they are completely dry prior to shipping. 

2. Download a TerraCycle shipping label 

When you're ready to send in your coffee bags, download a shipping label from your TerraCycle account by clicking “Ship us your waste”, and following the prompts.

3. Print and send 

Print your label and tape it securely onto the box, and drop it off at your nearest post office - yep, it's as easy as that!

Once received by TerraCycle, the coffee bags are shredded, washed and onsold to product manufacturers to be turned into goods such as picnic tables, decks, fences and shipping pallets.

The coffee bag recycling program is expected to divert over 16 tonnes of coffee waste from making its way into landfill over the course of the next five years!
To learn more about recycling with TerraCycle, visit



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  • Crema Joe

    Hi Julie!

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We have double checked the recycling program and the program still states all brands of coffee bags. You can find that article here

    -Crema Joe Team

  • Julie

    The information above states that Terracycle take all brands of used coffee bags but their website states that they only accept 2 brands and no others.

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