Coffee pods landing at Nowra recycling plant

Dave Galloway and Steve Martin at the recycling plant.

Dave Galloway and Steve Martin at the recycling plant.

There is something very special happening in the Shoalhaven that is making the world a cleaner, better place.

The only coffee pod recycling plant in the southern hemisphere is quietly working away at the Sell & Parker recycling plant in Nowra.

The plant recycles tonnes of Nespresso coffee pods each month and it's growing.

The pods are shipped to the West Nowra site from around Australia.

The machine has been running for just over a year, recycling its first batch of pods in January 2013. It is an engineering marvel, designed on a napkin by members of the Parker family. It shreds the pods, then separates the large pieces from the small.

The small pieces then go into a huge magnetised container, which picks up all the smaller pieces of aluminium.

The preparation is probably the most time-consuming part of the process, with hours of unpacking and sorting.

While Australia lags behind other countries in terms of pod recycling, the amount has surpassed expectations.

Greg Stuckey, the operator of the machine, has earned the nickname of the Coffee Guru.

"People would have to see it working to actually believe it," he said. "It's amazing to see how much we can actually recycle from it."

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