Laying the Groundwork for a Greener Tomorrow – Recycling with bio-bean

Posted by Richard Gray on 06-Mar-2018 13:23:21
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Bio-Bean Puts Used Coffee to Good Use

Chances are, when you think about environmental issues, coffee grounds aren’t at the top of your list. And yet as a nation of coffee lovers it’s more than relevant to ask – what actually happens to our coffee grounds, once we’ve had our fill - all 500,000 tonnes of them, every year?

As we shall see, coffee grounds are every bit as toxic to our green and pleasant lands as a multitude of throw away wastage.

Coffee Grounds Wastage Facts, Stats and Figures

London alone produces 200,000 tonnes of spent coffee grounds annually – the vast majority of which is tipped straight into landfill following one single use in the high street coffee shop.

Sobering figures indeed, and these numbers look set to become ever graver, as the current 18,832 coffee outlets in the UK continue to rapidly multiply. So, what happens once the coffee reaches the ground?

The primary problem at this point is the methane gas that coffee produces as it breaks down. This has 28 times the greenhouse effect of carbon dioxide.

Alongside playing havoc with our environment, using landfills for coffee ground wastage also ratchets up the cost to businesses, because of the UK government’s landfill tax.

Waste is just resources in the wrong places

In this throwaway society of ours, rethinking waste as merely displaced resources is a novel thought, and it’s one that bio-bean live and die by. You see, coffee grounds, even spent ones, are packed full of calories – calories that contain plenty of energy that could still be used, if only they were repurposed in the correct manner. Which is right about where their processing steps in…

Laying the groundwork with recycled coffee grounds

bio-bean unlocks the useful compounds trapped within spent coffee and transforms them into something truly useful – Coffee Logs, for warming homes through open fires, multi-fuel stoves and chimneys.

In the process they also replace harmful, traditional fuels and chemicals – such as wood, coal and gases.

A bio-bean log can be created from the grounds of just 25 cups of coffee - cutting coffee wastage, lowering emissions, reducing our reliance on troublesome fuels and chemicals, and saving businesses from paying over the odds on disposal, whilst boosting their green credentials.

This is something we’re very keen on at Roast & Ground, as you can imagine!

bio-bean collect waste coffee grounds at every scale – office to national coffee chains. Ready to re-think your green credentials when it comes to your coffee? Let’s see what’s available in your area, and get you started today. Call the Roast & Ground team on 020 8397 8676 or email us via

Topics: Sustainability

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