bio-bean collects waste coffee grounds at every scale, from independent cafés to major coffee chains and from universities to property groups and instant coffee factories.

Our waste management partners (see below) undertake all coffee waste collections on our behalf, and provide everything required for businesses to begin collection such as caddies, bins, refuse sacks, vehicles and the collection service.

This way, we minimise waste mileage and use the expertise of existing waste management infrastructure to organise the logistics of our collection routes.

To join our waste coffee collection route, please complete the form below and a member of the team will be in touch shortly.

Coffee recycling with bio-bean can reduce waste disposal costs for businesses. This is because the costs for waste coffee collection are usually offset by a reduction in the costs of disposing of other waste streams.

Heavy, wet coffee grounds often end up in general waste, which usually goes to landfill. In the UK, a landfill tax (currently around £85/tonne) is levied on landfill site operators, who pass this cost on to their customers via higher collection fees. Removing heavy waste coffee grounds from your waste stream can therefore generate significant savings for your business.

Additionally, waste management companies can charge for contaminated dry mixed recycling, so segregating your waste coffee grounds reduces this risk – especially as coffee is a key culprit for contaminating other waste streams.

bio-bean creates carbon-neutral, advanced biofuels from waste coffee grounds, displacing fossil fuels. Please see our Products page for more information.

Recycling waste coffee grounds also benefits the environment by diverting this waste from other means of disposal – typically landfill, anaerobic digestion (AD), or incineration.


Landfill sites, which is where most waste coffee grounds end up, account for 22% of the UK’s methane emissions, as a result of the decomposition of organic material. Methane is a greenhouse gas 28 times more potent than carbon dioxide. bio-bean’s life cycle assessment indicates that sending waste coffee grounds to bio-bean produces 80% less CO2 emissions than sending them to landfill.


While incinerating waste coffee grounds is better than sending them to landfill, it is still not the best use of this resource. From a life-cycle perspective, recycling waste has been shown to conserve on average 3-5 times more energy than that generated from incineration.

Anaerobic digestion

Waste coffee grounds are often combined with food waste and sent for AD. However, there are several reasons why waste coffee grounds are not suited to this technology. Their gritty nature make them difficult to handle and their chemical composition can be toxic to the microbes inside the digesters. This means waste coffee grounds can actually inhibit the rate of biomethane production in AD plants. Our life cycle assessment also shows that sending waste coffee grounds to bio-bean produces 70% less CO2e emissions than sending them to AD. This is why we encourage businesses to keep their waste coffee grounds separate from their food waste, and why Biogen – the UK’s leading AD operator – works with bio-bean to divert waste coffee grounds away from their AD plants and towards our facility in Cambridgeshire.

Can bio-bean collect my waste coffee grounds?

Yes! bio-bean collects waste coffee grounds from businesses at every scale, from large transport hubs and office blocks to high street coffee chains, restaurants and small independent cafés. We work with several waste management companies to provide this service. To enquire about waste coffee collection, please fill out the form below or contact 

Why should I send my waste coffee grounds to bio-bean?

Because it could save you money. The cost of bio-bean’s service is usually more than offset by the reduction in the cost of disposing the rest of your waste. This means more coffee you make, the more you could save, and you’ll be reducing your carbon footprint in the process.  

How much coffee waste do I need to produce to work with bio-bean?

There is no minimum requirement and bio-bean works with coffee waste producers at every scale. However, the company doesn’t currently work with individual consumers.

Does bio-bean provide caddies, bins, bags and skips?

Each of our waste collection partners has slightly different processes and requirements. Please contact either your waste management company or bio-bean directly for more details. 

Our waste management partners

First Mile
Mick George
Paper Round

If your business doesn’t already work with one of these companies, it is still possible to recycle with us. Get in touch to find out more.

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