Planet Ark has announced the Coffee 4 Planet Ark trial, which aims to divert spent coffee grounds from landfill and repurpose them into higher value end uses.
The two-month trial will begin in September 2018 in Sydney in collaboration with leading coffee roasters and Founding Members Allpress Espresso, Genovese Coffee, Grinders Coffee and Lavazza. Tata Global Beverages via their Map Coffee brand will collect spent coffee grounds from limited corporate businesses in Melbourne.
The national program is due to be rolled out in 2019 once the best, most cost-effective collection method has been developed. We are happy to be working with our long-term partner, Bingo Industries, as our logistics partner for the trial.
Planet Ark CEO Paul Klymenko said the Coffee 4 Planet Ark program was an important step in ensuring spent coffee grounds were being used to their greatest potential rather than entering landfill.
‘Currently, the vast majority of coffee grounds produced after extracting your coffee are going to landfill. Planet Ark believes in creating a circular economy where all resources are used to their greatest potential,’ Mr Klymenko said.
‘We are thrilled to be working with some of Australia’s leading coffee roasters to trial a collection and repurposing system for coffee ground waste.’
Our 2016 feasibility study found that almost 2,800 tonnes of spent coffee grounds are sent to landfill each year in Sydney alone. Once in landfill, these spent grounds break down without the presence of oxygen.
This process creates methane, a potent greenhouse gas with over 25 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide. Diverting the spent coffee grounds from landfill in Sydney alone would save approximately 1,600 tonnes of CO2 equivalent emissions annually.
Coffee is a valuable resource, rich in important nutrients which go to waste when they are sent to landfill. Planet Ark’s aim is to not only divert spent coffee grounds from landfill, but to repurpose them into innovative and higher value end uses.
Planet Ark has begun working with the SMaRT Centre at the University of New South Wales to find and develop new end uses for coffee grounds and to trial them in potential manufacturing processes. Planet Ark has also secured Circular Food as a Circular Economy partner to produce a nutrient rich soil fertiliser called Big Bio, which will utilise collected grounds.
How can cafes get involved?
Cafés who are customers of Allpress Espresso, Genovese Coffee, Grinders Coffee or Lavazza and are located in the following postcodes are welcome to participate in the trial; 2000, 2008, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2043. Cafes of other coffee roasters can contact their roaster and let them know they are interested in being involved once the program begins to roll out when the trial ends at the end of 2018.
Source: Planet Ark