Category: Press Releases

31 May 2018

Video: Roadchef partners with bio-bean and Olleco

Three companies with a shared vision of doing more with waste have come together, to ensure nothing ends up in landfill… and starting with coffee.

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

Roadchef recycling coffee grounds to reduce its environmental impact

30 May 2018 – Roadchef, the UK’s leading motorway service operator, has partnered with bio-bean – the first ever business to recycle waste coffee grounds into biofuel on an industrial scale – to reduce its environmental impact.

As a nation, the UK drinks 55 million cups of coffee every day, creating 500,000 tonnes of waste coffee grounds every year, most of which is disposed of via landfill. This is not only a costly form of waste disposal for businesses due to the UK government’s landfill tax but is also damaging the environment due to the emission of greenhouse gases.

Used coffee grounds are collected from 28 Roadchef sites by Olleco, a resource recovery company, which transports the grounds to bio-bean’s factory in Cambridgeshire. Here they are cleaned, dried and recycled into useful products for industry and homes, including pellets for heating and Coffee Logs for woodburners in homes.

Roadchef welcomes more than 50 million motorists through the doors of its motorway service areas around the country every year, and estimates that about 7 million cups of coffee are drunk at its sites each year. Roadchef and bio-bean estimate that over 200 tonnes of waste coffee grounds will be collected from Roadchef sites by the end of 2018 by Olleco. Recycling these grounds will save 112 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions compared to disposing of them to landfill.

Simon Turl, CEO of Roadchef, commented “At Roadchef we are very proud to have partnered with bio-bean on an initiative that benefits the environment. Since working with bio-bean we have already seen financial savings due to a reduction in our waste weight and we look forward to a long and prosperous partnership.”

George May, Chief Commercial Officer at bio-bean, said “It’s fantastic to be able to recycle coffee grounds from one of the UK’s largest motorway services through Olleco’s innovative collection service. This partnership reduces emissions by diverting coffee grounds away from landfill, and Roadchef have even gone one step further by stocking our Coffee Logs at their sites. It’s a circular system we’re proud to be a part of.”

Gavin Millar, Sales Director at Olleco, said “We are pleased to be able to help Roadchef convert their waste coffee grounds, used cooking oil and waste food into renewable energy.”

 

 

NOTES

About Roadchef

Roadchef is one of the UK’s leading motorway and trunk road service operators. With 30 locations, the company aims to provide a restful and relaxing environment for over 50 million visitors to its sites each year.

Popular brands located at certain sites include McDonald’s, Costa, WHSmith, SPAR, Chozen Noodle and Days Inn. In addition, Roadchef’s own brand offerings include Fresh Food Café, Restbite and Hot Food Co.

http://www.roadchef.com/

About bio-bean

bio-bean was founded in 2013 on the firm belief that there is no such thing as waste, only resources in the wrong place. The company recycles thousands of tonnes of waste coffee grounds every year, converting them into biofuels in a sustainable and commercially viable way. bio-bean’s first consumer product is Coffee Logs for stoves and woodburners, and the company’s R&D team is also exploring a range of other viable products derived from coffee waste.

www.bio-bean.com

About Olleco

Olleco is ABP Food Group’s renewables division. It is the UK’s leading supplier of premium cooking oils and fats and collector of used cooking oil and waste food, serving over 50,000 catering establishments. The waste oil collected is converted into biodiesel and the waste food collected is converted into biomethane, electricity and heat via anaerobic digestion. Olleco employs over 600 people, has 23 depots strategically located across the country, three bio-refineries, a biodiesel plant and three anaerobic digestion facilities.

www.olleco.co.uk

15 Sep 2017
Glee 2017 GIMA award

bio-bean wins GIMA Innovators Seed Corn Fund

From GIMA Press Release, 11th September 2017

 

bio-bean scoops the 2017 GIMA Innovators’ Seed Corn Fund

A proven vehicle for celebrating grass roots development and true innovation, the Garden Industry Manufacturer’s Association (GIMA) Innovators’ Seed Corn Fund  has already contributed to helping three brands crack the garden retail market both here and across the globe. This year, another company is set to benefit from the excellent prize package. Introducing the 2017 winners – bio-bean. 

A clean technology company, bio-bean has industrialised the process of recycling spent coffee grounds into advanced biofuels and biochemicals. It was the company’s Coffee Logs that captured the attention of the judges thanks to its simplicity and environmentally friendly nature. Beating off stiff competition, bio-bean – as GISCF winners – will receive support up to the value of £6,000 to help with development and marketing costs associated with entering the UK garden retail market, including a year’s full GIMA membership, and a wide range of business support tools.

Coffee Logs are quite simply, a fuel for stoves, wood burners and chimeneas. The difference comes from the fact that the logs are each made from 25 cups of spent coffee grounds. These compressed coffee grounds produce more heat and burn longer than wood, making them not just cost efficient but help to lower emissions and reduce waste.

GIMA Director, Vicky Nuttall said: “We’re incredibly pleased to confirm that bio-bean is the 2017 winner of the GIMA Innovators’ Seed Corn Fund.  The company, its processes and resulting product are not just innovative, but they are also changing the way we think about traditional heating methods, and how recycling of an everyday bi-product can reduce waste and lower our environmental impact. bio-bean are certainly opening a wide conversation about waste and how it can be reinvented. We’re so pleased to be helping them reach a wider audience.”

As the winner, bio-bean is now set to receive funding and help with the development and marketing of their product, together with support from experts within the industry.

In addition to choosing a winner, the panel also selected two highly commended companies.  Those just missing out on the highly coveted title were Screen with Envy and SmartPlant.

 

 

About GIMA

The Garden Industry Manufacturer’s Association (GIMA) is a membership organisation representing the majority share of suppliers and manufacturers operating within the UK gardening industry. Formed in 1999, its goal is to promote the commercial, trading and industrial interests of UK and EU based companies supplying the UK garden industry. Run by a small team of dedicated professionals, and governed by a council of members, GIMA is funded by membership subscriptions and services. The range of services and support provided for members is extensive, offering something for all members, regardless of their size or heritage

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