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What’s Coffee Got To Do With It?

The average Scot drinks around 676 cups of coffee a year. Delicious and caffeinated? Yes. Sustainable? Not so much.

If not processed correctly, used coffee grounds can end up emitting huge amounts of carbon dioxide and methane, two primary causes of climate change. Besides the negative impact on the climate, be sure these grounds are also taking a toll on your bank balance. Following Plate up for Glasgow, many venues told us that used coffee grounds are one of the most challenging food waste items to dispose of responsibly. Coffee grounds can quickly fill food waste bins, and in some cases, used coffee grounds from smaller cafes do end up in landfill. 

But don’t fret! We’ve put together some innovative ways that your business can recycle used coffee grounds - benefitting wallets and the planet alike.

Interested in using leftover coffee grounds to create some fantastic food and drinks?

Besides being delicious, coffee is also nutritious – both for us and wildlife. Interested in using coffee grounds as soil improver?

  • Check out the Glasgow Botanic Gardens Official Coffee Compost Guide.
  • Read our circular case study on Mossgiel, the organic dairy farm turning used coffee grounds into soil improver.
  • Read our circular case study on Dear Green Coffee, the coffee roasters who donate their coffee waste to a local community garden.
  • Read our circular case study on how Grounds for Recycling participating venue SWG3 is already putting their used coffee grounds to good use, converting them to soil improver for their own on site community garden.