Month: August 2017

29 Aug 2017
coffee making process

The journey from barista knock box to Alconbury factory

We are often asked how waste coffee grounds make their way from the bottom of a coffee machine to our factory in Alconbury Weald, Cambridgeshire – and the distances covered by our collection routes often surprise people.

We have long-standing coffee waste collections from London’s busiest Network Rail train stations and collect from Costa cafes nationally; and over the last several years we’ve established a network for waste coffee collection from all around London. But recent expansions have seen waste coffee from as far and wide as the Flour Pot Bakery in Brighton, the University of Birmingham, and even Manchester Airport arrive at our factory in Alconbury for processing.

So how is it done?

Wherever possible, we use vehicles that are already on the road – which minimises waste mileage, optimises existing transport routes and hubs, and stays true to bio-bean’s sustainability mission.

One example is Greggs. Greggs delivers products from its distribution centre in Kettering to its centre in Enfield every day. This delivery vehicle used to be empty as it made its way back to Kettering to reload.

But now, this vehicle drops off hundreds of buckets of waste coffee grounds, collected from Greggs sites, at our factory along the return journey back to Kettering. This is known as backhauling waste and in this way, bio-bean receives tonnes of coffee waste daily, while Greggs avoids having an empty vehicle driving on the roads.

Businesses can also make their own arrangements to transport their waste coffee to bio-bean.

New friends of bio-bean, Leeds-based Fitch Brew Co got in touch after realising they produce over half a tonne of waste coffee grounds every month as part of their cold brewing process. They were reluctant to see the coffee sent to general or food waste, and they now transport their coffee waste every month in bulk bags to bio-bean’s factory.

We are able to arrange waste coffee collection from more and more locations, by means of a number of different transportation methods. So if you’re curious about whether you could be sending us your waste coffee grounds, saving money and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, get in touch and we’ll do our very best to set it up.

 

By Julia Porter, Senior Account Manager

04 Aug 2017
truck driving bio-bean's coffee ground waste

Waste coffee from Manchester area now recycled with bio-bean

bio-bean waste coffee collection and recycling services have been growing in both breadth and depth in recent months as new waste management partnerships flourish.

In May we began to collect waste coffee grounds from Birmingham, and we’ve now expanded to the North West too, undertaking collections from the Greater Manchester area in collaboration with Bolton-based Lavelle Waste Services.

An independent life cycle analysis of our products and processes has shown that recycling coffee is the most sustainable method of disposing of this waste – it produces 60% less emissions than landfill, and 30% less than anaerobic digestion. So as we partner with a growing number of waste management companies including Biffa and Olleco, we can rest in the knowledge that even greater volumes of waste coffee are being put to much better use than before.

To find out more or become a partner visit our Collection page or email wastecoffee@bio-bean.com.

 

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